McAllister Avenue Reconstruction

The transformation of McAllister Avenue in 2021 will kickstart and set the tone for upcoming projects to revitalize Port Coquitlam’s iconic downtown and improve public amenities in the Civic Centre.

Construction will take place from May 31 to late fall 2021 to redevelop McAllister Avenue – a key connector in the downtown – into a lively, walkable tree-lined street that will draw people to the area to gather, shop, stroll and celebrate.

 

Project Details

A World-class Shared Street Design

The concept for McAllister Avenue is reminiscent of some of the world’s most memorable streets, which complement and promote the adjacent commercial uses and bustle with activity and excitement.

The updated streetscape will include:

McAllister Streetscape 2

Streetscape Concept

  • A multi-use path and wide pedestrian concourse on the north side,
  • One-way east-bound traffic and angled parking to provide more space for those on foot and bicycle,
  • Engaging street-level building design with patios and storefronts that spill out onto the sidewalk,
  • A level street surface to create an open-air plaza for events,
  • Unique paving materials to designate walking, driving and parking areas,
  • A modern approach to utilities, including wires buried underground and sustainable drainage that directs rainwater toward street trees,
  • Trees, landscaping and furniture that can be removed during events,
  • Electrical hookups for entertainers and food trucks, and
  • As part of the downtown action plan a 2,500-square-foot plaza alongside the The Met housing-commercial project by Quarry Rock Developments (see below) and the planned Donald Pathway extension through the downtown.

The project is funded through the City’s capital budget, grant funds and developer fees, and the Federal Gas Tax Fund which is provided annually to support local infrastructure priorities. You can find further information about the Gas Tax Fund at infrastructure.gc.ca.

Project Benefits
  • Brings new and desired services and amenities to the downtown while complementing the area’s charm and character.
  • Stimulates the local economy by attracting visitors, shoppers and investment, and through construction and job creation.
  • Promotes alternative transportation options through its walkable and cyclable design and links to Donald Pathway, amenities and the trail network.
Project Timeline
  • Project planning: 2020
  • Project tendering/award: March-April 2021
  • Construction start: May 2021
  • Construction end (anticipated): late 2021

Phasing Schedule

Please note, timelines below are approximate and may be adjusted.

  • Utility works: May to late July
  • South side multi-use path and fixtures: June to late August
  • North side sidewalks and fixtures: early August to late October
  • Road reconstruction: late September to late October
  • Site restoration: late October to late November

 

The Met - Quarry Rock Development

A private housing and commercial project on McAllister Avenue by Quarry Rock Development will complement the City’s work on McAllister Avenue.

Construction is anticipated to begin in June 2021 on a five-storey building at 2241-2251 McAllister Ave., the site of a City-owned parking lot and former commercial building.

The design will combine traditional and contemporary building features and use a mix of brickwork, steel, glass, colours and textures. The plans include:

  • 63 apartments ranging from 646 to 1,237 square feet and from one to three bedrooms, all with access to a balcony or patio
  • Almost 20,000 square feet of commercial space in seven street-level commercial units
  • Underground commercial and residential parking, and two rear loading bays
  • A 2,500-square-foot plaza that will border Donald Pathway and feature landscaping, street trees, decorative pavers and in-ground LED light strips
  • A fifth-floor outdoor common area for residents with seating, tables and children’s play space, adjacent to an indoor amenity space, and
  • Parking for 12 bicycles for shoppers and another six for residents

The project also meets the objectives of the City’s plans and regulations for downtown development, including meeting energy efficiency construction standards and incorporating low-flow fixtures, energy efficient features, building materials with low volatile organic compounds, roughed-in electric vehicle charging stations and other requirements.

Visit qrd.ca for more information about Quarry Rock Developments.

Construction Impacts

Construction begins May 31, 2021. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we complete these exciting improvements!

While there will be some inconvenience caused by the reconstruction work, the City will be working closely with the contractor to minimize the impact on businesses, residents and visitors.

Information was mailed out in early March and May to area businesses and residents, and will continue to be provided throughout the year. Watch this section for more details before and during construction.

Supporting Businesses

Open-for-Business Sign

Throughout construction, the City will promote a “McAllister Avenue  is Open for Business” campaign directed to area shoppers and the community.

Additional supports for businesses include:

  • Prior to construction, the City and contractors met with businesses to understand their peak business times and delivery requirements, and timed construction to minimize impacts on business access when possible
  • “Businesses Are Open” signage has been posted to alert passersby and drivers that they can still visit stores and restaurants on the street 
  • The City has begun working with the Port Coquitlam Downtown Business Improvement Association on outreach and minimizing impacts to businesses
Access

Vehicle/Transit Access

Starting May 31, 2021, McAllister Avenue will be closed to all vehicle traffic between Shaughnessy Street and Mary Hill Road as construction takes place.

  • Detour signs will direct vehicles to nearby route options such as Wilson and Elgin Avenues.
  • One-way east-bound traffic on McAllister will be introduced once construction is completed.
  • Buses will be rerouted. The Coast Mountain Bus Company has established temporary routes for the construction period and will develop a permanent new route to replace the current west-bound route along McAllister, once the east-bound one-way is in full effect. Appropriate signage and notice will be provided to transit users.
  • Donald Avenue will remain open up to McAllister, but parking will be removed while construction takes place to allow for two-way traffic.

Pedestrian/Property Access

Safe pedestrian traffic and access to properties along McAllister will be maintained throughout construction.

Access to all businesses and residences in the area will be retained throughout construction. In some cases this may require alternate access for properties directly adjacent to the construction. Notification will be provided and signage will be installed in advance.

 

Parking

There will be no parking on McAllister during construction, but there are multiple parking lots and street parking within a short walk.

 

Other Impacts
  • Proper construction protocols will be followed and the contractors will keep the sites clean and safe
  • While dust, noise and vibration may occur when crews are working nearby, contractors will take steps to minimize these impacts
  • Construction noise should be expected between 7 am and 7 pm. Night work is not anticipated

Contact

Project Contact
Sarb Attwal
Manager of Engineering Projects
Tel 604.927.5226
Email attwals@portcoquitlam.ca