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The Heart of Oliver
Oliver’s Downtown is highly valued by residents and is considered the ‘heart’ of the community. There are many businesses and services here, restaurants, a theatre, parks, and a pedestrian-friendly streetscape that the Town has worked to improve.
Despite many efforts over the years, Downtown Oliver is not the bustling, vibrant centre it once was. There are numerous empty lots and buildings along Main Street (Highway 97), Kootenay Street, Station Street and Fairview Road. Station Street, in particular, features a large number of empty lots, some of which are owned by the Town.
We heard from residents during the Official Community Plan (OCP) update that Downtown Oliver is highly valued, but also an area that residents and business owners would like to see improved and revitalized. In the minds of many, Downtown is the heart of Oliver.
A Downtown Action Plan
The Town has a grant from the Province’s Rural Development Fund to create a revitalization action plan for the downtown. The Action Plan will identify and prioritize a number of projects for the Town and community partners. This action plan will build on other efforts, including the current OCP update and the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce’s work.
How and When to Get Involved
The project will kick off in November and will be completed in the early spring of 2017. We will be inviting residents to weigh in and help us set priorities. Watch this page for information and to find out about events.
Where is ‘Downtown’?
Downtown Oliver includes:
Kootenay Street and Main Street (Highway 97) between Veterans Avenue and Co-op Avenue;
the east side of Main Street between Hillcrest and Veterans Avenues;
Station Street from Main Street to Fairview Road; and,
a small number of parcels on the south east corner of the Fairview Road - Station Street intersection.
Map: Downtown Oliver
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