District of North Vancouver plans on creating a shared street space on lower Gallant Avenue between Panorama Drive and Banbury Road in Deep Cove.
The Livable Deep Cove Covid Resilience project proposed an open, flexible, public space that allows for social distancing and safe outdoor socializing, according to a staff report to council.
The project will be discussed at a council meeting on January 11.
According to the report, the new space will create extra seating in the summer, intermittent full closures for festivals and markets, and increased parking space in the winter.
The proposal includes new paving and street lighting, and underground soil cells to mitigate peak storm flow and promote tree health, landscaping, and removable bollards.
The total project cost will cost approximately $4 million, and DNV plans to submit an application to a federal program to fund this project.
The project builds on earlier changes to create more space for social distancing this year.
In response to COVID-19, and to address overcrowding and queueing on the lower Gallant sidewalk, DNV closed the eastbound parking lane in May.
Despite this, crowding continued and in August, DNV closed the eastbound vehicle lane to provide yet more space and tables for free public use.
The space has and continues to be very well used, according to report.
“Public feedback from a nine week on-line survey between August and October indicates nearly 80% of respondents are in favour of the pedestrian area and 70% feel it should be made permanent,” according to the report.