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City, local university officials plan to transform University Avenue

The plans will help guide the type of development along University Avenue.

University and regional officials are joining hands to brainstorm ways to upgrade University Avenue.

Ward 5 Councillor for the city of Waterloo, Jen Vasic, told Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke on 570 NEWS there is a focus on making the road feel safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

"There will be cars -- but it also means making more space for people who are walking or cycling to do so safely. Ward 5 essentially is sort of terrifying. It goes over the expressway and I don't think I've talked to anyone who feels comfortable walking or cycling there."

She added their plans are a part of a long-term vision and as of now, nothing is set in stone.

"These are things to really guide the tone of the conversation. So when a construction project comes up, they say 'okay this group has been working on the University Avenue gateway strategy ... let's use this document to guide our conversations on what it should look like so it is a connected and unique spot.'"

As a part of the long term plans, residents may see functional art, beautiful lights, more seating spaces and greenery in the coming years.

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