Lighting planned for Columbia

Historic swag lights on Columbia Street lamps evoking visions of New Westminster’s Golden Mile are in the works.

On Monday, council was being asked to approve issuing a request for proposals (RFP) to build the replica lights from Fourth to Eighth streets.

It’s estimated between 12 and 18 swag lights would be needed to achieve the desired effect.

A staff report said the cost would be determined through the RFP process.

The report also asked council to approve an interim holiday lighting plan that would include, for the first time, the rental and installation of a 38-foot sculptured Christmas tree for Hyack Square as well as lighted garland pole wraps.

They would come at a cost of $7,690 plus HST, said the report, with the Downtown New Westminster Business Improvement Association contributing $2,500 for the tree.

The city also intends to decorate City Hall, Twelfth and East Columbia streets, and put up Christmas trees in Moody Park and at Herbert Spencer elementary. The Uptown Property Group would be responsible for pole-mounted lighting for Sixth Street.

In addition, the report said the city has suspended an RFP process for developing a decorative lighting plan for the city. Four proposals had been received, but in reviewing them city staff determined the proposed planning process could be broken up into two distinct parts. Staff would do the first phase talking to the community and identifying locations, themes and projects, and consultants would be in charge of the second phase, developing detailed concepts.

Staff have pinpointed nine locations that would form the core of the plan—Columbia Street Downtown, Westminster Pier Park, Hyack Square, City Hall, Uptown Sixth Street and Sixth Avenue, East Columbia, Twelfth Street and Ewen Avenue in Queensborough.

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