The York Boulevard Streetscape Master Plan is one of the several design initiatives by the City of Hamilton for public realm improvements with implementation scheduled over the next 10 years. The streetscape master plan provides a broad design strategy and context for future physical improvements in the above ground public realm (i.e. the public road right-of-way and other publicly owned spaces).
The master plan contributes urban design principles and guidance on design intent that together provide a bridge between the general policy provisions of the Downtown Hamilton Secondary Plan and specific detailed design drawings and specifications necessary for implementation. Streetscaping initiatives are recognized by the Downtown Secondary Plan as important catalysts to revitalization.
The Streetscape Master Plan will help create a new 'Market Precinct' and provide the setting for the impressive renovations to the Farmers' Market and Central Public Library, and potential initiatives on the underdeveloped sites along the street.
The streetscape design promotes walking through widened sidewalks that will provide room for Urban Braille markings, street furniture, enhanced lighting, and landscaping. The widened sidewalks along the Farmers’ Market and Library provide opportunities for the market to spill onto the street providing room for temporary stalls where vendors, such as farmers, can sell their goods to the public. The streetscape design recognizes York Boulevard as an opportunity for place-making through the careful placement of precinct markers, public art, and street closures for large special events.
Consultation featured significantly in the preparation of the York Boulevard Streetscape Master Plan and included meetings with internal City stakeholders, external stakeholders and property owners, publicized articles, and public open houses that featured a broad cross-section of the public interested in the revitalization of this area of the Downtown.
York Boulevard Master Plan: