It’s just a small piece of King Street – the section that runs between George and Water – but a section that drivers often use to get over to the King Street Parkade, or to turn around and head back down George Street southbound. The owner of the J.J. Turner Building is planning a new vision for the building and envisions the closure of that small stretch of King Street. It would become, instead a small linear park with greenspace and perhaps an outdoor patio.
Some people like the idea of anything that’s more pedestrian-friendly, and will bode well with the planned refurbishments to George Street South of Sherbrooke, the new urban park that will see Louis Street shut down, and the Bethune Street project going forward.
Others point to the need for a turn-around point for anyone confused by the one-way street system downtown. With King Street closed, it will land more traffic in the left-turn lane of Charlotte Street at Water. Anyone coming along King Street Eastbound to get to Water Street will have to duck down George, then try to get over to the left-hand lane to hang a left at Sherbrooke Street. Or – double back to Aylmer to get back down to Sherbrooke, or up to Charlotte.
Whichever side of the proposal you come down on – and it’s only a proposal, a vision at this point – it will be confusing for a time, until we get used to it. And few people embrace change easily.
We shall see…