Prescott Street – The North Grenville Times http://www.ngtimes.ca The Voice of North Grenville Sun, 22 Apr 2018 15:09:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 Throwback Thursdays – Prescott Street at Asa http://www.ngtimes.ca/throwback-thursdays-prescott-street-asa/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/throwback-thursdays-prescott-street-asa/#respond Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:30:53 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10271 Two photos for the price of one! This is the corner where the old Scotia Bank building stands today, across the road from Geronimo Coffee House and the old Red and White Store. As can be seen in the lower picture, Scotiabank was once located in the older building, before crossing the street. The large […]

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Two photos for the price of one! This is the corner where the old Scotia Bank building stands today, across the road from Geronimo Coffee House and the old Red and White Store. As can be seen in the lower picture, Scotiabank was once located in the older building, before crossing the street. The large building on the right was the McPherson Hotel, which burned down on New Year’s Eve, 1939, having been a major feature of the town since the mid-1870’s. It was a busier street in those days, with wooden sidewalks and an unpaved thoroughfare. Note, too, that all the men in the picture were wearing hats. Absolutely required back then! These photographs bring home clearly how much has changed over the decades.

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Throwback Thursdays: Prescott Street, c. 1912 http://www.ngtimes.ca/throwback-thursdays-prescott-street-c-1912/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/throwback-thursdays-prescott-street-c-1912/#respond Fri, 10 Nov 2017 23:59:15 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=9584 This photograph was taken from the roof of the Maley Building, which stood on the site of the present Rotary Park in Kemptville. The changes, as well as the things that stay the same, are fascinating. On the left, the tall dark structure is the hose tower at the old Fire Hall, now the Court […]

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This photograph was taken from the roof of the Maley Building, which stood on the site of the present Rotary Park in Kemptville. The changes, as well as the things that stay the same, are fascinating. On the left, the tall dark structure is the hose tower at the old Fire Hall, now the Court House on Water Street. At that time, the hoses were made from fabric, and after thwy were used, they needed to be hung up to dry. Hence the tall tower, from which the hoses were hung, inside, and which also doubled as a watch tower. The Court House can be seen behind the tower. The building to the right of them is now the parking lot for the Library, which stands where the large white buildings are in the centre foreground. The pavements on either side of Prescott Street had been installed about ten years earlier, as part of the improvements that were being made to the downtown streets. At the time, these were very controversial, as some of the older members of Council considered them a luxury the town could not afford. But the energetic young men, led by G. Howard Ferguson, before he entered provincial politics, had pushed through the paving project anyway. The two steeples on Gospel Hill can be seen in the background, as well as, nearer to the right of the photograph, the tall structure of the old Kemptville High School. Kemptville has lost much, and gained some, in terms of buildings and tradition. This is a glimpse of the village more than a century ago.

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Intersection finally receives new paint job http://www.ngtimes.ca/intersection-finally-receives-new-paint-job/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/intersection-finally-receives-new-paint-job/#respond Tue, 18 Apr 2017 23:06:09 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=5236 #TrendingTuesday The recently created 3-way stop at the corner of Prescott Street and Clothier Street in Downtown Kemptville now finally has the stop lines painted. The intersection and both streets fall under the responsibility of the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville. There is still no sign of crosswalk lines, which is what most downtowners were […]

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The recently created 3-way stop at the corner of Prescott Street and Clothier Street in Downtown Kemptville now finally has the stop lines painted. The intersection and both streets fall under the responsibility of the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville. There is still no sign of crosswalk lines, which is what most downtowners were hoping for. However, in the recent 2017 North Grenville Municipal budget, there was money allotted for crosswalks in the downtown area. The tender for the crosswalk work will go out within the month according to the North Grenville Public Works Department.

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Long time coming http://www.ngtimes.ca/long-time-coming/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/long-time-coming/#respond Wed, 25 Jan 2017 19:10:39 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=3403 The long awaited installation of a three-way stop at the intersection of Prescott Street and Clothier Street in downtown Kemptville was finally completed this past Friday. Following up on an email submitted by the North Grenville Times as to the status of the project a day earlier, United Counties of Leeds and Grenville CAO (and […]

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The long awaited installation of a three-way stop at the intersection of Prescott Street and Clothier Street in downtown Kemptville was finally completed this past Friday. Following up on an email submitted by the North Grenville Times as to the status of the project a day earlier, United Counties of Leeds and Grenville CAO (and former North Grenville CAO), Andy Brown called to confirm that the three-way stop would be completed within the next two weeks, as long as weather permitted. In fact, it was actually installed within the next two days. There were no road closures, or prohibitive traffic disruptions necessary for the installation which went quickly and smoothly.

“It’s been a long time coming.” said Old Town Kemptville Business Improvement Area Executive Director, John Barclay. “The BIA requested that this be done three years ago and it’s great to see it finally happen.” When asked why he thought that it took so long, John responded: “Despite the fact that these two streets are in downtown Kemptville, they’re both County roads, so they are actually the responsibility of the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville. So, that means you’re dealing with two tiers of municipal government to get the project done. In the big picture, this three-way stop was probably not the highest priority for the United Counties, because they have many other municipalities to deal with who probably all want projects of their own done in their municipality. Ultimately, we’re just grateful that it’s finished and downtown is now safer for everyone.” He added: “I remember when we had our Kids Christmas Downtown event, I saw a couple of times where families had to literally run across Clothier Street, practically dragging their kids behind them to get across safely.”

The intersection, having long been a safety concern for drivers, parents, residents and downtown businesses, already appears to be allowing pedestrians a safer place to cross Clothier Street. The safety concern has been caused by the limited ability of pedestrians to see vehicles coming (because of parked vehicles along Clothier St.) when trying to cross from one side of Clothier St. to the other. It was also risky for drivers when trying to turn right or left from Prescott St onto Clothier St., for the same reason.

The subject of the new intersection, when originally posted on the North Grenville Times Facebook page, attracted mostly positive feedback, but some people thought it was a bad idea, because it might back up traffic downtown, and especially coming down Rideau St. trying to turn onto Clothier St. Though this may be true, drivers always seem to be able to adapt to changes like this. One person suggested that Rideau St. and Sanders St. should now become one-way streets with Rideau Street having two lanes going south and Sanders St. have two lanes going north. This idea, too, has been around for a very long time.

At the end of it all, if the goal was to increase safety, I think everyone can agree that this should be the first priority of the United Counties when it comes to traffic control.

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