WINCHESTER – Boxed in by May, Louise, Clarence and St. Lawrence streets, Winchester Public School (WPS)’s future growth may be punctuated by annexing another village throughway.
At least, that’s one of the proposals on the table.
The project team that has been working to address vehicle, pedestrian and cyclist movements, and on-street parking headaches in the area surrounding the school, and nearby Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) and Dundas Manor have settled on two scenarios.
Each will be unveiled during a public open house session tomorrow (Thurs., June 22) between 4 and 8 pm in the WPS gymnasium.
Project team members consisted of representatives from North Dundas, WDMH, and the Upper Canada District School Board, as well as advisement from area first responders, county engineer Ben de Haan, and township public works director Dan Belleau.
Both proposals involved York Street.
In scenario one, the street would be transitioned to one-way only leading into the hospital. A crosswalk and daycare drop-off would be added to York Street, while school buses would then collect on Clarence Street.
The second idea is to close a length of York Street between St. Lawrence and Louise. This would mean a modification to the ambulance route to WDMH, while additional school staff parking would be added to a lot created in the north end of the field across from WPS. The field itself would be rotated to north-south use. Again, buses would dropoff and pickup students on Clarence Street.
Either proposal would lead to elimination of the majority of on-street parking spots near the school, which could cause traffic to spill onto neighbouring residential streets.
Calvin Pol, North Dundas’ director of planning, building and bylaw services, told the Winchester Press that one of these scenarios has a “very real possibility” of happening.
The chosen proposal will then be directed to municipal councillors for approval.