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City unsure about washrooms in new parkade for late-night bar crowd

New Wilson Street parkade will have electric car stations and secure parking for 60 bicycles, but public washrooms still up for debate
Concept drawing for the new Wilson Street Parkade, which starts being built this December.

The city is still trying to decide if public washrooms for the late night bar crowd should be provided in the new Wilson Street Parkade.

Starting this fall, Wilson Street will be torn up for underground work followed by the building of a new five-to-six storey, 350-space Wilson Street Parkade.

That project is scheduled to start in December and will include electric car charging stations and secure parking for 60 bicycles.

But the city hasn't yet decided whether to include public washrooms in the parkade.

"It has been identified that this project has the potential to add to the inventory of public washrooms that could serve, in particular, as late night facilities," says a progress report on the project going to the city's Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Committee on Tuesday.

The city is worried about maintaining those washrooms and possible affects it will have on those parking in the parkade.

"There were also concerns raised through the public consultations about safety and appropriateness of this location being used as the late night facility," the report says.

The city plans on leaving the washrooms in the concept plans and the initial request for proposals to build the structure, which goes out later this summer, but will not commit to them being part of the parkade until further consultation with stakeholders such as the police and Downtown Business Association is done.

The entire Wilson Street and parkade project will take over a year to complete. It will be spring 2017 before the finishing touches are done.

Road construction is expected to start in September.

Access to the Wilson Street parking lot will be maintained while Wilson Street is being dug up, but the 19 on-street parking spots will be lost.

The city will attempt to make more spaces available in the 86-spot Wilson lot by relocating monthly permits and relocating some city vehicles that use the lot.


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