A section of 224th Street, from the Royal Canadian Legion branch on Brown Avenue to Memorial Peace Park, will be called Veteran’s Way, Maple Ridge council agreed Tuesday.
Staff supported the request from Branch No. 88 president Jim MacDonald.
The request doesn’t involve renaming the street, just providing supplementary signage along that portion of the street.
MacDonald said in a letter that crowds attending the Remembrance Day ceremonies continue to grow, now numbering about 5,000 a year. He said he wants to build on the “incredible momentum” the district has achieved with its Downtown Enhancement Project and offered the legion’s help in fundraising to help pay for the signs.
So many people kept bothering the workers at the park renovations next to Memorial Peace Park it was difficult for crews get on the job, parks and facilities director David Boag told council Monday.
Utilities are all in and paving stones and light fixtures are now being installed, Boag said.
Following a May 16 open house, during which 80 per cent of those attending wanted the land kept as park and family space, council told staff to come up with a design to improve it for park use.
Most of the work is being funded money left over from senior governments for downtown renovations.
Providing the work is done by Oct. 31, the money can be spent on the project and won’t revert to the senior governments.
Supportive housing complex opens in June
Not only will Alouette Heights house those struggling with addiction and mental health, it will provide new office space for the Alouette Home Start Society, which will manage the place, as well as provide a home base for the society’s outreach workers.
Council heard that the first occupants should move into the green building in mid June. Alouette Heights is a 45-unit, $9-million green building that will provide the final step towards integration to mainstream society for people struggling with the above issues. Residents will all be pre-screened and the building will be supervised 24 hours a day. B.C. Housing kicked in $8 million for the project and will pay $335,000 yearly to keep it operating. Sue Wheeler, director of community services, told council that a community advisory group is being formed.