Downtown Milton is Getting a Makeover

A public square, parking facilities and more could be on deck for downtown Milton.

A project proposing a mixed use development was endorsed by town council on Aug. 27.

The Downtown Milton Civic Precinct Project identifies the way forward for a town-initiated revitalization project on town-owned lands east of Brown St., between Main and Mary streets.

The 2016 Downtown Study identified several priorities for the civic precinct redevelopment including: creating a civic presence as an anchor in the downtown; building on the existing heritage; creating a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly, interactive public space; taking a leadership role in stimulating investment in the downtown; and constructing parking facilities to meet existing and future needs.

Following council's endorsement of the Downtown Study in January 2017, a series of policy and zoning changes were undertaken to encourage a downtown environment that supports businesses, encourages mixed residential uses, and promotes consistent pedestrian traffic with lively, interactive street fronts.

The Civic Precinct Project uses Milton's position as a major landowner in the downtown to further advance these goals.

"Through public consultation during the Downtown Study, residents and businesses told us that they want continued investment in downtown Milton to make it a vibrant hub for the community," said Town of Milton CAO Bill Mann.

"This design-bid-build project gives us the ability to balance the needs of the market with the desires for public place-making."

The next steps include the development of a detailed design, market and financial analysis and project phasing.

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