Officials predict boom in downtown Sydney, N.S. following redevelopment


Kyle Moore | CTV News Atlantic Reporter | Follow Contact

Downtown Sydney, N.S., was bustling with activity on Tuesday, but the sounds of both vehicle and foot traffic will soon be replaced with the sounds of heavy machinery as part of a redevelopment project.

“It just feels like there’s so much happening and with NSCC coming, this couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Michelle Wilson, head of the Sydney Downtown Development Association.

A section between Dorchester and Pitt Streets will only be open to people on foot for about 14 weeks. Phase one of three in a $9-million makeover of the city’s core will begin next week.

“You’ll see wider sidewalks. We will still have parking on both sides. We will have street trees, benches, it will be more accessible,” said Wilson.

The goal is to improve the overall experience for pedestrians, and it comes at a time when a major build is happening just down the road.

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