A rendering of a cycle track to Victoria Crescent, Albert Street and Wallace Street, as it might look from the Terminal Avenue-Commercial Street intersection. (City of Nanaimo image)

A rendering of a cycle track to Victoria Crescent, Albert Street and Wallace Street, as it might look from the Terminal Avenue-Commercial Street intersection. (City of Nanaimo image)

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: More dining and entertainment options would draw people downtown

Letter writers offer ideas for the Terminal-Commercial ‘Hub’ properties

To the editor,

Re: Hub plans for downtown shouldn’t include bus loop, Letters, Sept. 22.

I have always viewed the Jean Burns site as the jewel central location for Nanaimo. We need a hook to draw people downtown to sit and enjoy dining and entertainment. If we want to get the most out of this space I strongly recommend a large restaurant be built on this site with casual outside patios. We miss the welcoming Acme Restaurant.

The fact that the city is proposing a bus exchange at this site is bewildering. The current bus exchange is on city land and it should stay there.

For the city to buy the two buildings on Terminal Avenue and demolish them to create a bus lane is astonishing. If we want to attract people to places of interest and enjoyment, these two building sites can create more amenities.

The direction of these decisions is important and I for one want to enjoy a wonderful casual restaurant and walking area on this site. I disagree that a transportation hub take over a slice of this site.

Keith McGregor, Nanaimo

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Hub plans for downtown shouldn’t include bus loop

To the editor,

Re: Hub plans for downtown shouldn’t include bus loop, Letters, Sept. 22.

It’s great to see such interest in the Jean Burns wedge. But these old, worn-out textbook designs; really?

Do something to stand out and catch the eye of the passersby. How about a row of flags of our land and the world, joyous and friendly? Have sculptures of all types to engage people, seats scattered apart and a mixed-use building with public washrooms.

The bus terminal should be built on taxpayer land at the site of the failed multiplex.

Neil Saunders, Nanaimo

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