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Consultants looking for help on Stephenville downtown through survey

Members of the Stephenville Downtown Business Improvement Association want residents and businesspeople to do an online survey to let consultants know anything they’d like to see in downtown improvements. Posing for a photo are from left: Ian Stokes, president of the Downtown BIA; Bob Byrnes, project chair; and Dave Walsh, BIA vice-president.
Members of the Stephenville Downtown Business Improvement Association want residents and businesspeople to do an online survey to let consultants know anything they’d like to see in downtown improvements. Posing for a photo are from left: Ian Stokes, president of the Downtown BIA; Bob Byrnes, project chair; and Dave Walsh, BIA vice-president. - Frank Gale

Residents and businesspeople in Stephenville are being encouraged to fill out a survey on what they would like to see on Main Street.

The Stephenville Downtown Business Improvement Association has hired Upland Consulting out of Dartmouth, NS, to carry out a development plan for Stephenville’s downtown area.

Bob Byrnes, project chair, said an online survey is creating a strategy for programs and amenities to revitalize life in Stephenville’s downtown. The survey can be filled out by visiting: www.downtownstephenville.com.

“The survey is on what people would like to see on Main Street in terms of this new development plan that will take downtown Stephenville into the next 20 years,” Byrnes said.

He said it’s about people would like to see in terms of infrastructure, aesthetics, safety issues and even if people would like to see Main Street as a one-way street – which is a suggestion made in the past.

Upland Consulting will be in Stephenville on Feb. 6 to hold public consultations at 6 p.m. in Days Inn.

Members of the public can attend, talk to consultants, bring suggestions to them or in general just have a look at what development proposals the consultants are looking at.

Ian Stokes, president of the Stephenville Downtown BIA, pointed out that Upland Consultants won a national award for their development work in Port aux Basques. The company was also responsible for the redevelopment of Conception Bay South, which he said was a major project.

The $66,000 study being done on Main Street is cost-shared by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Province of Newfoundland and Labrador and the BIA.

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