The Sparks Street Authority and Business Improvement Area is arguing the inconvenience of construction projects shouldn't be made worse by surrounding the works in progress with ugly or bland barricades.
With a major makeover poised for certain parts of the street, Executive Director Les Gagne said on Tuesday the nation's capital should set a better example, and wants city councillors help on enforcement when it comes to the hording that accompanies projects.
Gagne stressed it's especially important since he feels Sparks St. is making a comeback with festivals and other events aimed at drawing people back to the area.
"Maybe cleaning up the lower part of the ground floor hoarding to maybe allow for new types of art or animation. Just things that make it a little more complimentary to Sparks St. as opposed to something that we're not sure is ever going to get built or not," he said.
"If you're from out of town or a different part of the city, your first impression is not very inviting when you see this project. So, I know in other cities there's a lot more higher standards that's asked of developers.”
Gagne said one example where there is clearly room for improvement is the grey temporary wall that completely surrounds the War Memorial as it undergoes repairs.
At its meeting on Tuesday, city hall's planning committee approved changes to Sparks St., including the demolition of the bank building at 106 Sparks St. and the construction of an 18-storey tower on Queen St. that will link to Sparks St.
Full city council must still approve the projects next month.