Contractor chosen for McBurney Lane renovations

Proposed changes for an overhaul to McBurney Lane are one step closer to reality. - artist rendering
Proposed changes for an overhaul to McBurney Lane are one step closer to reality.
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Plans long in the works for a major overhaul to McBurney Lane came a step closer to reality earlier this week.

Langley City Council has chosen a contractor to carry out more than $770,000 worth of renovations to the downtown gathering space.

But, for now, they can’t reveal who that contractor is.

Mayor Peter Fassbender made the announcement during a Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce dinner on Tuesday night, but because the decision was made during an in-camera meeting of council, no details can yet be made public, explained City CAO Frances Cheung.

“We’re hoping to award the contract within the next couple of weeks,” he said

The next step, he said, will be to consult with area businesses.

“We need to work through the logistics of construction and the access issues with merchants to address any impact (the construction) may have.”

Cheung said the work will begin this spring and likely be complete by early June.

Planned improvements to the plaza include new public seating, the addition of green space and installation of a large wooden deck.

The design was unveiled at a public open house at City Hall last June, based on feedback from an open house held in the summer of 2011.

Originally, several options for improvements had been presented, however it was a proposal to remove all parking from the lane south of the plaza that raised the ire of local merchants.

Following the backlash, a plan was selected that retains several parking spaces up the west side of the lane.

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