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New Parking Lot for Island Savings Centre
Duncan, BC - Island Savings Centre has received the go ahead from The Municipality of North Cowichan to overhaul the main parking lot at the west entrance of the building. A paving study, conducted in 2015, confirmed the poor condition of the lot and its substructure. The project to rehabilitate the lot begins June 28 and will be coordinated with The Municipality of North Cowichan to replace the sanitary sewer line that runs under the parking lot.
“The new parking lot combines public safety with environmental sustainability”, explains Terri Askham, Manager Island Savings Centre. “Features include improvements to traffic flow with a focus on pedestrian safety through a single entry and exit point from James Street, raised crosswalks, new lighting and a marked drop off zone at the front doors.”
The project will see the lot closed in two stages, beginning with the west entrance at James Street, blocking access to the drop off zone, short term parking, and the electric vehicle charging stations, followed by a full closure around July 10. The project is geared for completion by September 6.The entrance to the building and sidewalks will remain accessible as much as possible throughout construction. The Island Savings Centre and library will maintain regular hours during the project.
The first stage of construction involves a section of asphalt, a significant portion of landscape removal, and the installation of the new sanitary line. The second stage will see the removal of the remaining asphalt and landscape to make way for full replacement of the substructure, resurfacing and landscaping. Among the trees being removed is a large, old maple which has been assessed at a moderate to high risk for failure and unsuitable for retention. Wood from the tree will be retained to create an art or furniture piece for the centre.
Accessibility improvements include moving the accessible parking stalls to the south side of the entrance doors, with level access to the sidewalk so patrons with mobility issues can more safely move from their vehicles to the sidewalk.
A cycling/pedestrian pathway will be established on the west edge of the lot. The pathway provides a thoroughfare for pedestrians and cyclists who have, until now, had to navigate through the busy parking lot to travel between University Way and James Street.
Landscape design emphasizes rain gardens that use infiltration swales to assist with storm water management, along with drought tolerant native trees and plantings.