Ferry Dock Hill. September 14, 2023  Photo by Melanie IrwinFerry Dock Hill. September 14, 2023 Photo by Melanie Irwin

What's your vision for Ferry Dock Hill?

The City of Sarnia wants to know what your vision is for the redevelopment of Ferry Dock Hill.

A public meeting will be held on the first floor of City Hall on Wednesday, September 20 at 6 p.m.

General Manager of Engineering and Operations David Jackson said they're currently in the preliminary design phase of the project.

"Our consultants developed a couple of concept drawings that identify various features we could have along the waterfront," said Jackson. "Do we want some kind of water feature? What kind of seating do we want? What do we want it to look like? So, we're looking for people to help us prioritize those really important features we want to see in the project."

He said there will be a formal presentation around 6:30, followed by an opportunity for people to talk with the consultant and city staff.

"We're having this public meeting in person, and then the following day we will launch an online public engagement," he said. "We'll post the same kind of material we presented at the meeting. The same types of questions."

Engagement on www.speakupsarnia.ca will be open to the public for two weeks, starting September 21.

Jackson said once the ideas are narrowed down, a detailed design will be launched, but the exact timing for its completion will be determined based on how the permit process proceeds.

"Because we're near the rail tracks, we have to work with CN. Because we're working on the shoreline, we have to work with the department of fisheries. The goal is to include the capital construction cost in the 2024 budget and hope to start construction in 2024," he said.

If all goes to plan, the input would be incorporated into the final design and given to Sarnia council for review before budget deliberations on December 5.

The city wants the project, west of Front Street between Davis and Cromwell Streets, to create a gateway between the downtown and the waterfront.

The redevelopment would be the first major capital project from the Waterfront Master Plan.

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