Baker Street’s heritage-style lamp posts (one of which is seen here) will be replaced by a new design after the results of a public survey were released this week. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

City approves new Baker Street lights

A public survey picked a new design last month

Baker Street will get new heritage-style street lights after the city revealed the results of a public survey Monday.

City council passed a staff recommendation to have 85 lights replaced with the Ancestra-style light, which was the top vote-getter among five options voted on by 539 people in May. A picture of the light can be seen at the bottom of this story.

The lights, which are single bulbs that hang down from a height of approximately two storeys, will cost $522,500. Staff recommended the lights be purchased to replace deteriorating lights on Baker, while the existing heritage-style lights on Victoria Street will be preserved.

Councillor Janice Morrison said the city had hoped to replace the lights when it begins an extensive infrastructure project on Baker.

But with the downtown revitalization on hold while the city waits for funding opportunities, the 38-year-old light standards required replacing now.

“These new ones will come with all kinds of other options,” she said. “They are going to be downcast, which helps with night light pollution. They are going to be LED bulbs, which helps with energy conservation over time. There’s lots of good features about these lights that are going to go in.”

The new lights can also be used to hang decorative lighting, baskets and banners.

The lights will be installed over two phases, beginning in October and finishing in the summer of 2020.

Related: Nelson: Christmas lights by December, new street lights in 2019

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The Ancestra street light, seen here, was picked by Nelson residents to replace the current heritage lights on Baker Street. Photo submitted

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