In an effort to strike while the iron is hot, a plan has been put to city council that would take advantage of recent coincidental events and change the face of downtown Prince George dramatically and permanently.
The Town Centre Business Association has developed a vision for the downtown that would bring together facilities for recreation, culture, business and housing in a project that could top $40 million.
The truly visionary plan would capitalize on Olympic legacy funds, proceeds from city land sales and spinoff money from the BC Rail/CN deal.
The TCBA’s plan is surely bold. So bold in fact that it may seem unattainable at first glance. And it will have its detractors. But it’s got council’s preliminary support, though at this point that may be philosophical at best.
But with council’s order that city staff assemble a team to make this a reality, the first positive step has been taken. And that’s just what this kind of massive undertaking will need – a group of wide-ranging parties to fine-tune the concept and set about making it happen.
With this forward-thinking plan as a template for real change downtown, the most important impetus for change may lie in having a large group of civic leaders committed to change and to one daring plan.
Then, even if all of the items in the TCBA’s plan are not realized, there will still have been some positive change and movement in the right direction.
As the old saying goes, “When you shoot for the stars there’s no shame in settling for the moon.”