“St. George Street will be a new living choice for Moncton — it will serve as an urban residential main street comprising a series of neighborhoods, created and defined through the infill and redevelopment of key sites.”

DMCI wants to highlight the Urban Quarter of St. George Street and how it contributes to the overall vitality and appeal of our downtown. “We want to play a very active role in planning and indeed encouraging new development and new businesses to locate to the growing business district”, states Anne Poirier Basque, Executive Director of Downtown Moncton Centre-ville Inc.

St. George Street Revitalization

St.George street has seen a remarkable evolution in the past years. Many still remember this street has being almost entirely commercial with very few residential buildings. Back then, it was all too familiar to see a wide range of family businesses, ranging from grocery stores, pharmacies, family restaurants and laundromats.

Did you know that Assumption Life opened its first offices on St.George street?  So did the first Canadian Tire store ever to open in Moncton. St.George street is now fully integrated in the downtown area.

St. George Street Urban QuarterResidents and business owners remain very attached to St.George street today.  They appreciate the history and culture that is proper to this part of downtown Moncton. Many were born, grew up, studied, worked and still live in the same neighborhood. Back then, it was common to see many families not only operating businesses but also living in those buildings which housed their business.  Many of them lived on the 2nd floor while conducting business downstairs.  DMCI is very well aware of this special bond that tie people to their roots.  We will continue to work with them, all the while, respecting this heritage they hold dear to their hearts.

St. George Streetscape Improvements 2013

The 2013 St George Streetscape Improvement Plan provides for a series of short term streetscape improvement projects. The identified projects have been selected for reasons such as: immediate impact requiring minimal infrastructure improvements to the street while building edge to strengthen the pedestrian space.

The design elements to establish the ‘edge’ include: cast-in-place concrete curbed planters, decorative metal fencing, ornamental grasses, bulbs and the integration of edible herbs and plants over time as a pilot project.  A standardized black, metal fence has been selected to emphasize the delineation of the pedestrian space and the ornamental grasses will change through the seasons softening the fence.

In August/September 2014, the first of the five-year project will be implemented ; this includes Parking Lot Screening (north and south side of St. George Street) as follows:

  • decorative fencing
  • curbed planters
  • ornamental grasses

St. George Streetscape Improvement Document

Work in progress along St George Street (pics show the construction of curbed planters behind which decorative wrought iron fencing will be installed in early October)

 

St. George Street Conceptual Plan

This plan builds on the work of the 2006 Downtown Moncton Development Vision to develop a strategy for St. George Street to allow it to reach its full potential.
Conceptual Plan

Downtown Design Solutions – St. George Street: A Case Study (A useful model for Downtown Moncton)

The objective of this report is to provide realistic and cost-effective design solutions that will bring a unique identity to this urban corridor in downtown Moncton. This report was prepared by ADI Limited for Downtown Moncton Centre-ville Inc. in October 2009.

Case Study