Downtown Lethbridge Business Revitalization Zone:
What are the top three priorities for the development of downtown Lethbridge and how should these developments be funded?

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Burke

Answer

1. An improved transit system 2. Supporting harm reduction strategies to keep our downtown safe and accessible. 3. Decreased barriers for small business start ups An improved transit system comes from increased ridership. If we were to introduce a U-Pass and a sliding scale user fee system, we could increase ridership, as well as increase revenue. Furthermore, if we can demonstrate the positive impact had on the environment, we may be able to access grants to help subsidize the fees. Decreasing barriers for small business start ups would in fact save the City money, as would supporting harm reduction strategies.

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Burrows-Johnson

Answer

1. More housing, funded by the private sector with municipal incentives. 2. The Performing Arts Centre, with funding from all three levels of government and with the help of private and individual donors. 3. Work to ensure that the downtown is safe for everyone and that the streets are beautiful; funding from various sources including the Capital Improvement Plan, the Downtown Redevelopment Fund managed through the BRZ, and continued Business Improvement Loans.

M

 

Campbell

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1. More condo-style living developments 2. Assessment of current structures to determine their viability 3. Continued security. There could be a combination of private companies plus tax incentives. Security would fall under the Police budget.

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Carlson

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1. Increased Downtown Residential Spaces. People living and working downtown are key drivers for a vibrant and active downtown. Funded through tax deferral incentives and grants. 2. Renewal and Upgrades to Infrastructure, including Broadband Connectivity. This is key to a prosperous and smart city, and should be funded through existing maintenance funding, as well as the Capital Improvement Plan. 3. Increased activity. Events and festivals will bring more people into the downtown, creating a safe, vibrant and welcoming environment. Public and Private investment will be necessary.

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Coffman

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Three priorities are to increase the core’s residential population, increase employment and economic opportunities, and eliminate the perception that our downtown is unsafe. However, increasing the core’s population will address the other priorities. What we need is constant activity in downtown: business during the day, recreation and entertainment at night. More people living and working downtown increases social and economic activity. With increased activity comes safety as people are always on the street or watching the street. While the private sector has to meet market demand, Council must maintain the Housing Incentive Program created to encourage new dwelling units in the core.

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Crowson

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The downtown has ongoing and long-term priorities. An ongoing priority is to work with various partners to ensure the safety and security of visitors and residents downtown. More residents downtown will also help security. Strategic/long-term priorities include creating a high quality pedestrian environment. This could include completing the vision for 6 Street South and turning it into a pedestrian thoroughfare. It would also include creating way-finding signs to encourage pedestrians. It could also mean looking at mid-street crosswalks and scramble intersections. Long-term strategic priorities also include redevelopment of 5 Street South with road construction and sidewalk enlargement.

C

 

Germshied

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Addressing the homeless and low income problems in Lethbridge, More Downtown residential, a street mall. By introducing more housing downtown, we could help lower crime as there are more eyes in the area and therefore it would help reduce crimes of opportunity. Also, it helps with the homeless and low income situation by apportioning low income housing with the development. If there is a walking street mall, it may help encourage spending, as people would make the mall not a store the destination, it would encourage the arts as a place to work and display. We could set up a busking policy for the area. Introduce park and ride for our public transit with the mall adjacent to the transit hub.

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Gibb

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I am in support of densifying our downtown core, and creating new opportunities for business and housing. We need to look at multi-purpose buildings that serve diverse economic needs and give our community greater options with both business and housing. We would have to look into offering land incentives for developers to attract them to our city centre and to develop it to its greatest potential. Further commitments to beautify our urban core are essential to maintaining its vibrancy. We also need to support the recent TRIP decision from city council, to maintain and better preserve our historic buildings in the city centre.

B

 

Ginther

Answer

Candidate declined to answer the question.

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Heavy Head

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1) Encountering the homeless population effectively with the resources and services they need is definitely required. For too long have we as a city overlooked or ignored this human rights issue, 2) Ensuring that businesses are enabled to operate with full support by the consumers is also essential. Council can initiate a "buy local" campaign to encourage the People to support our businesses. 3) Attracting businesses that offer what box stores don't is key as well. Box stores decimate local businesses by undercutting them in price and product. Informed consumers are essential to business sustainability The city budget in tandem with the province & federal government can achieve all of this.

R

 

Hoffarth

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The downtown plays a significant role providing services and employment for citizens across the entire city. We should promote it's identity as a destination for shopping and social interaction. Our downtown greenspaces need to include and link-up with Indian Battle Park and other vistas that overlook the river valley and coulees. The City should act to promote and leverage our local heritage and history to include and focus on cultural venues. The City must work with businesses and developers to help manage parking and develop greenspaces to make life and living within the downtown core attractive and viable. Development should be simple with a clearly articulated regulatory process.

B

 

Hyggen

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I would support incentive plans for private investors wanting to invest in our downtown. Some of these programs that already exist include a $30,000 downtown incentive program used to promote residential construction in our downtown, a graduated taxation incentive to encourage new business construction in our downtown and a newly approved transit station. These programs have been budgeted for with previous resolutions of Council including Federal and Provincial grants for the later.

L

 

Iwaskiw

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1) Make it a safe and welcoming place which is being addressed through various initiatives being undertaken by the police department in conjunction with Community Services and our downtown partners. 2) Increase the number of people who actually live there which we are helping facilitate with grants to developers who build new living space downtown.3) Make it attractive and inviting which we are doing through various programs such as Clean Sweep and tax breaks for renovations.

R

 

Janzen

Answer

Candidate declined to answer the question.

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Layton

Answer

Candidate declined to answer the question.

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MacLeod

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Increased events in our beautiful Galt Garden park that give the citizen a reason to visit the down town core to enjoy the event, eat and shop in our local businesses. Public events can apply for a grant from the city to help fund their event. Love and Records and Applefest are excellent examples of events that have grown to fill Galt Gardens. Increase funding for the DOT Team. Revitalization of the downtown buildings to increase the shopping and business experience for citizens and visitors to Lethbridge.

J

 

Mauro

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Keeping it safe and secure for all the people who work and live in the area and for all the customers/clients who spend their money downtown is in my mind, the first priority. An unsafe downtown would prevent anything good from happening there. Housing development of some kind as in the units at 601. Existing building owners, who own buildings in prime downtown locations, need to invest in their properties to attract home buyers as well as new retailers needed to provide the services these home owners require. Finding a way to remove vehicles from the downtown streets and create more pedestrian friendly streets with outdoor events/activities, such as Stephen Ave in downtown Calgary.

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Mikuliak

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Attempt to ensure that premium tax generation locations, in the downtown area, are used to attract businesses over civic or non tax generating organizations. The latter definitely have a place in the downtown, however, our priority should be to attract businesses to high value locations. Attempt to create a different community mindset regarding downtown. Work on treating the downtown just as we would our school yards and residential communities. Currently, we do not view it this way - the expectation is lower. We must focus on safety, create an environment that attracts and welcomes community, families, business and tourism. If our mindset changes, the downtown becomes a community hub.

R

 

Miyashiro

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1. Continue HOCHIP (Heart of our City Housing Incentive Program) - Operating Budget 2. Continue TRIP (Targeted Redevelopment Incentive Policy) - Operating Budget (tax cancellation) 3. Allow on-street decks/patios on 6 street, turn 6 street into pedestrian only when new transit centre is complete. Utilize concept other downtown streets/lanes if it is successful with attracting people to the downtown core during evenings and weekends.

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Morrell

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One of our main priorities should be the safety and security of our residents.  We cannot entice people to live and/or visit our downtown core if they feel it is unsafe or unsavoury.   Creating a vibrant and fun place to visit with safe roadways, and even pedestrian only areas, not unlike the Stephen Avenue Walk area of Calgary, could definitely attract visitors to spend time downtown. And of course encouraging businesses to "open shop" downtown would definitely be helpful.  Creating new structures or revitalizing existing real estate in a way that is economically sound will only help increase the traffic to our  downtown core.

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Paladino

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1) Safety! Discussions with LPS needs to continue. Public intoxication and aggressive panhandling is intimidating and needs to be addressed. 2) Keep up the incentives that encourage residential development downtown. 3) The new parking/bus terminal will be a huge asset. Good work.

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Parker

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1- Continue with the Heart of Our City Housing Incentive Program (HOCHIP) 2 - Continue with the Targeted Redevelopment Incentive Policy (TRIP) 3 - Continue to address the issues of Safety and Security in the downtown These will be funded through local municipal taxes and grants (provincial and federal) when available.

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PEREVERSEFF

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1- Development must be balanced with residence, shops, restaurants, services along with recreational areas. 2- The downtown area must be safe and secure to the best of the community ability. 3- Accessibility, ensuring that mobility barriers are dealt with in a satisfactory fashion. Funding - Municipal funding along with infrastructure support - Private developers along with "Service Organizations" to be encouraged to develop downtown and that this development be in collaboration with existing businesses/residents and city planners.

J

 

Pogorzelski

Answer

1. Galt Gardens master plan - council with input from stakeholder groups 2. Reviewing the housing incentive program to make it more lucrative to potential investors - heart of our city 3. The restoration of our historic buildings - local citizen groups and council

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Saloff

Answer

Development in the downtown core could use some tweaking on the method of meteor payment; develop a few closed off to traffic pedestrian friendly streets, with a somewhat tourist appeal, patio chairs and tables for resting or eating, outdoor markets and vendors. A more heightened sense of security to address the flow into the downtown core.

J

 

Shackleford

Answer

1. Make downtown attractive and walkable so you encourage social interaction amongst a cross section of our citizens. 2. Build in affordable housing and equity 3. Understanding your community is foremost and help diversify the downtown economy Grant money should be available for start ups and an "in place" management team to help new businesses get started.

C

 

Spearman

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1. Continued redevelopment of the downtown by adding to existing residential opportunities. 2. Restoration of historical buildings 3. Continued supply for downtown activities and festivals to bring people downtown These activities should be funded through capital incentives such as HOCHIP and Heart of the City funding grants to organizations.

J

 

Takahashi

Answer

1) Increasing small businesses and continued support of community events and non-profit orgs (BRZ, OWC, EL, AAC, etc) 2) Increasing housing and ensuring access to affordable housing in the downtown core. 3) Infrastructure projects such as repairs to 3rd ave and 5th, Galt Gardens, bus depot, and derelict building rehab. Funding should come from a combination of sources- CIP, taxes, grants, etc.

B

 

Thurber

Answer

- 3rd avenue walkable, pedestrain friendly opportunites for street closures and - continued development of living opportunities downtown work live play - continued events in Galt gardens and opportunities for more street closures to support business events / farmers markets etc.

S

 

Watson

Answer

My top three priorities are: 1) updating Galt Gardens, 2) increase business and residential developments, and 3) promote an after-work (5pm and later) environment and encourage residents to spend their evenings downtown. We also need to expand the programs that worked for Downtown to Upper Eastside and Northern parts of the city. These activities would need to be considered on a case by case situation and most likely funded through multiple sources. These could include grants, tax dollars and/or partnerships.

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Wiggers

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Revitalization, Engagement & Security. I believe that a revitalized downtown will create an environment where people want to be. In order to come however, they have to feel safe & secure. Like fire which needs Air, Fuel and Spark to exist, fail to meet any one of these priorities and we will not meet our goal. The city should continue to support in its efforts the Downtown Business Revitalization Zone, Lethbridge Police Service and Arts & Entertainment groups to continue to foster growth in the downtown core.

R

 

Woss

Answer

Innovative housing development downtown that is affordable, attractive and energy efficient targeting for net zero energy costs. Let’s showcase for Lethbridge what is possible and that we are environmentally responsible. I would urge that projects be funded by way of public private partnership with the City providing guidelines and requirements. Galt Gardens- time to renovate so our city park is more useful and accessible. Stimulate development of dense, vibrant, mixed use downtown which included small businesses, apartments, coffee shops, food trucks etc.) which are accessible without car dependency.