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More than 100 new courtyards are attracting residents and visitors thanks to the city’s Build Back Victoria program.

The program, launched on June 8, 2020, was launched to support companies during the reopening and recovery period of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Managed by the City of Victoria Business Center, Build Back Victoria offers several temporary initiatives that allow businesses to free up space on sidewalks, streets, parking lots, and in squares and parks to expand their presence to safely conduct commercial activities.

While the terraces are the most prominent aspect of the program, they also enabled other out-of-the-box activities like running fitness classes in city parks and shifting loading zones to drive-through or roadside pick-up, said Quinn Anglin, the hub’s business ambassador.

Another big change in the street scene is the better accessibility of cell phone providers.

Food trucks in particular were limited to special events and private property prior to the program.

“The city has designated 14 different areas on the city property that these wireless carriers could operate on,” Anglin said. “We ask them to indicate their three best locations and they have almost always been able to reach their two best locations.”

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Approved corporate applications covered flexible spaces, from simple ones, with pylons and chairs for a day, to the more sophisticated and thoughtful designs that remain. Various plans provide for partial or complete road closures.

In Fernwood, the pandemic-induced terraces on the 1300 block of Gladstone Avenue are serving as a pilot as the city explores the idea of ​​making street and sidewalk dining options permanent.

Similarly, Build Back Victoria’s designs and learning will help educate future concepts and pilot street treatments on Government Street, which downtown is currently closed daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Victoria had a street refresher project in the works before the pandemic broke out.

“I think we’ll see some of the changes to Government Street more permanent, too,” Anglin said.

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According to a survey of residents, businesses and visitors aged 12 and over, the changes in the city would be positively rated, she added. “It was a really solid, well-received survey I think, and we got really great feedback.”

Of 787 responses, 80.2 percent liked Build Back Victoria, including 69.5 percent of business owners. The poll also found 8,729 comments, the most common being that the city now feels more European and vibrant.

Most stated that they would like to continue and enjoy the additional space, which also provides security from vehicles and gives the city more liveliness.

“We all felt that way, but it was really nice to see people split. And that across different demographics and neighborhoods, ”said Anglin.

Located in City Hall, the Business Hub is the first stop for startups, moves, expansions, investors, property owners, leasing agents, and others interested in creating wealth in Victoria. The hub works with agencies like the Victoria Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Victoria Business Association to help people with this process.

To contact the hub, call 250-361-0629 or email [email protected]

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