The restoration of the 108-year-old Ferry Building in Ambleside will begin during the week of May 10 and is scheduled to be complete in spring 2022.
Eight parking spots beside the Ferry Building Gallery will be closed throughout the construction phase of the project to accommodate the construction activity.
Traffic and pedestrian flow, as well as other parking disruptions to the north of the gallery on Argyle Avenue, will occur intermittently during construction activity.
There are additional free public parking spots available in the underground parkade at the Grosvenor Ambleside building. Parking is available for two-hour stays from Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
The parkade can be accessed at the back of the building, on Bellevue Avenue between 13th Street and 14th Street.
The Ferry Building has been in need of restoration for a number of years.
The project is co-funded by the District and the federal and provincial governments. The Government of Canada is investing $1,010,360 through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program’s Community, Culture, and Recreation Infrastructure Stream (CCRIS), and the Government of British Columbia is contributing $841,882.
The Ferry Building is one of 14 projects across the Lower Mainland to receive joint federal and provincial funding under the CCRIS.
The restoration will include raising the building in its current location to protect it from rising flood levels due to impacts of climate change. Seismic and envelope upgrades and accessibility improvements, including constructing accessible washrooms, also part of the project.
The Ferry Building will continue as a community art gallery once the restoration is complete.