Barrie is re-developing Essa Road & Bradford Street, in a bid to realize their potential for being lively and welcoming neighbourhoods.

They are hosting community workshops and online forums for local residents to give their input on the project.

“Essa Road and Bradford Street are two major gateways into our city,” said Andrea Bourrie, Director of Planning and Building Services. “We’re creating an opportunity to collectively reimagine these streets, to learn how people envision a future along these corridors, and to create unique places for community members to connect and share year-round.”

The workshop takes place May 8, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Southshore Community Centre (205 Lakeshore Drive). Registration is not required.

For the online forum, visit