Rutland residents will get a chance today to weigh in on infrastructure plans some say could offer what’s needed to help the community out of a rut.
“We’ve been waiting for this for five years,” said Mary-Ann Graham, president of the Rutland Residents’ Association, of the pedestrian, transit and road plans being shown to the community Aug. 25.
“We need a catalyst to get the uptown Rutland business core revitalized, and transit is one of the ways to do that. We’re stagnant right now, and it’s sad.”
Investments in new pedestrian, transit and road infrastructure have been approved for 2012 to the tune of $3.7 million, said city project manager, Andrew Albiston, explaining funding includes $1.4 million from the Federal Gas Tax, $1.1 million from the Province of B.C. and $1.2 million from the City of Kelowna.
Dollars will be dedicated to enhancing transportation modes while creating a strong pedestrian network and transit service in the Uptown Rutland’s inner core, he said.
Graham said she hopes their ultimate completion will create a reason to “live, work and play” in the community, and allow residents to be less reliant on other retail hubs outside the Rutland core.
“We need to build it up so people don’t have to go to Orchard Park mall,” she said, adding the economic downturn halted a period of growth and discouraged investment.
Residents and businesses are encouraged to drop by to view the plans and provide input, with city staff on hand to answer questions.
The open house will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 25 at Rutland Centennial Hall, 180 Rutland Road North.
Visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects for more information about the plans for Rutland.