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Budgeting for downtown’s future

By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

Oshawa’s downtown needs a few improvements, and councillors want to be sure they are all considered when it comes to budget time.

During recent discussions of the success of Oshawa’s Plan 20Twenty, which has led to the creation of the sidewalk cafe program, improvements to civic square and downtown greenery, as well as the renovation of the Genosha, talk turned to the future goals of the plan and their cost.

Councillor John Aker said with the many projects and developments coming forward, council needs to ensure that funds will be set aside in the budget for Plan 20Twenty’s vision for downtown.

“The downtown is physically changing, and it’s going to continue to positively, physically change, but we may need to spend some more money,” he said.

Plan 20Twenty, implemented last year, has a life of five years and over its span, looks to improve many aesthetics of the downtown, including improve street lighting, benches and signage.

“We want to do things different than they’re currently down there,” said Councillor Doug Sanders. “There are just some aesthetics that need to be looked at and changed…I think it’s going to be a positive change.”