A New Vision For Whitby
Whitby’s long awaited plan to revitalize its downtown core has taken one step closer to becoming a reality. Over the next few years, plans are in place to make over Whitby’s downtown district and give it a new identity.
Last year, Whitby council gave the go ahead for eight goals aimed at completion between 2014-2018. Many of these aimed at initiatives giving Whitby’s downtown a major face lift, including a proposed six-storey mixed use development to replace the old fire hall at 201
Brock St S. Sighting the potential for economic and social prosperity through tourism, town council is hoping this plan will blend new with the old to increase Whitby’s profile as a destination.
On March 7, 2016, council reviewed the framework for a Downtown Whitby Strategy for Action,which included 3D concepts and other visuals demonstrating what potentially could be developed at the four corners district of Brock and Dundas St. The entire plan aims to create an innovative downtown area, create a walkable and pedestrian friendly environment, enhance Whitby’s cultural diversity, and make connections that will help promote the downtown core as a destination.
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the plan is councils determination to include community involvement in the process. Council is seeking a way to engage stakeholders in an effort to develop a downtown strategy that will enhance Whitby’s image in the Durham Region. Further discussion and next steps will take place at the next council meeting on Tuesday March 29th at 7pm in council chambers at 575 Rossland Rd. E.