Category Archives: Parking

Market Parkade and Wilson Street improvements completed within budget and with sustainability in mind

October 9, 2019

This month, the City will celebrate the long-awaited completion of the Wilson Street road improvements and the grand opening of the new Market Parkade. The new Norfolk Street pedestrian bridge will also open, and the Wilson Street public art project will be unveiled along with four new murals created as part of the Main Street Mural Project. All work was completed within planned budgets. Continue reading Market Parkade and Wilson Street improvements completed within budget and with sustainability in mind


Baker District archaeological and environmental investigations start mid-July

July 9, 2019

Work will occur in rotation throughout the Baker Street parking lot The City is completing archaeological and environmental investigations as part of the work to redevelop the Baker Street parking lot into a unique mixed-use development. The triangular block that is currently the Baker Street municipal parking lot was the site of an all-faith cemetery from 1827-1853. The City is working with experts to complete the archaeological investigations which must be completed before environmental investigations can begin. City staff has worked with Guelph Police Services, the coroner’s office, Woodlawn Memorial Park, and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, among others, to ensure that we have response plans and coordination in place should we find any remains or bone fragments. To ensure that human remains… Continue reading Baker District archaeological and environmental investigations start mid-July


City optimizing the Wilson Street parkade

July 18, 2017

Council approves additional budget to fund larger parkade Guelph, Ont., July 18, 2017 – Last night, Guelph City Council approved fully building out the Wilson Street parkade with two additional storeys and a total of 496 parking spots, to better serve Guelph’s downtown parking needs sooner. During a special Council meeting on July 17, staff recommended that an additional $8.5 million in funding be approved, which includes $6.8 million of debt funding forecasted for the future Neeve Street parkade and $1.7 million transferred from existing City reserve funds, to optimize the Wilson Street reconstruction and parkade project. “We want to build the right parking solution for Guelph’s downtown—one large parkade on Wilson Street is a better and more timely solution than two smaller ones,” explains… Continue reading City optimizing the Wilson Street parkade


City makes minor changes to one of its service areas as some projects wind down and others ramp up

March 14, 2017

The adjustments allow for the creation of a new position to focus on downtown renewal—namely, real estate transactions in the downtown core. Continue reading City makes minor changes to one of its service areas as some projects wind down and others ramp up


Wilson Street Environmental Assessment: Notice of Study Completion

March 3, 2017

The City is proposing to replace the existing roadway, storm and sanitary sewers, and watermain. Continue reading Wilson Street Environmental Assessment: Notice of Study Completion


Wilson Street parkade deferred to stay on budget

January 27, 2017

Guelph, Ont., January 27, 2016 – The timeline for the Wilson Street parkade is expected to be deferred in order to re-issue the design-build request for proposal (RFP). “To stay within our approved budget and ensure accountability to our taxpayers, we are proactively adjusting and reissuing the Wilson Street parkade RFP, which will mean a change to the project’s original timeline,” explains Scott Stewart, deputy chief administrative officer of Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services. The four proposals received through the original RFP, issued in August 2016, significantly exceeded the Council approved budget for the Wilson Street parkade project. As a result, the City was unable to award a winning proposal and the RFP was cancelled. The City has since adjusted the requirements of the parkade… Continue reading Wilson Street parkade deferred to stay on budget


Province clears Baker Street site where bone fragments found in October

December 12, 2016

Guelph, Ont., December, 12, 2016—The City received approval from the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services to resume the Baker Street excavation where bone fragments were discovered in October. The excavation has been filled and the road has been fully reopened. The City is working with its archeological consultant, Stantec, on the re-interment of the bones at Woodlawn Memorial Park. The City completed the removal of the attendant booths in the Baker Street parking lot in November. No additional remains were found during this work. Archaeologists were on site throughout the booth removal in case any evidence of human remains were found during the work. Paving and line painting were completed in the Baker Street lot, and on the street where the booths were removed.… Continue reading Province clears Baker Street site where bone fragments found in October


Archaeological assessment of site where bone fragments found starts Friday

October 27, 2016

Guelph, Ont., October, 27, 2016—Tomorrow, Stantec will start an archeological assessment of the site underneath Baker Street where City workers discovered bone fragments earlier this month. The assessment will determine the presence or absence of further unmarked grave shafts or human remains and any other cultural material at the site. Stantec expects to be on site for about a week. A licensed archeologist will excavate the area of the initial discovery by hand. All soil will be screened through fine cloth to  recover any cultural material or human remains. The bone fragments that were removed from the site by the forensics unit will also be assessed. Once the City has a report from the archaeological assessment, it will declare the nature of the site. If the… Continue reading Archaeological assessment of site where bone fragments found starts Friday


Bone fragments found in section of buried tunnel under Baker Street

October 17, 2016

Discovery made during water shut off for parking booth removal Guelph, Ont., October, 17, 2016—The City unearthed bone fragments from underneath Baker Street while turning off water to the Baker Street parking lot booths today. The water shut off for the booths is located beneath the road in a section of old tunnel that has been closed off on either side of the road. The fragments were found when staff went into the tunnel to turn the water off. “We have no other information about the bone fragments at this time, including their origin,” noted Allister McIlveen, manager of Transportation Services for the City. “We have called the coroner and an archaeologist and are awaiting their arrival on site. We will provide an update when… Continue reading Bone fragments found in section of buried tunnel under Baker Street


City publishes quarterly updates on large construction projects

July 14, 2016

policuelph, Ont., July 14, 2016 – Quarterly updates that include budget and progress status are now publicly available for three of the City’s major capital projects. “Consistent public reporting is one aspect of our commitment to evolve our project management practices on large-scale construction projects,” said Scott Stewart, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer of Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services. “We’re accountable to manage these projects well and that involves routinely communicating the status of the schedules and budgets.” The updates are available for the City’s capital projects that are considered complex and high risk, based on a number of factors that include price. These factors are listed in a tiered classification framework for project management standards, developed by the City’s Project Management Office. The three projects… Continue reading City publishes quarterly updates on large construction projects


City initiates Parking Master Plan study for Downtown Guelph

February 19, 2013

Recognizing the need to develop improved plans for parking, the City of Guelph has initiated a Parking Master Plan study focusing on Downtown Guelph and surrounding areas. Continue reading City initiates Parking Master Plan study for Downtown Guelph