Plans are in the works to redesign the space in front of the ByWard Market Building on George Street to make it a more vibrant, inviting and pedestrian-friendly space.

The area that would be resigned is located south of the ByWard Market Building and between ByWard Market Square to the west, William Street to the east and George Street to the south.

The new concept calls for outdoor vending to be removed from the front of the ByWard Market Building and moved to William Street and Byward Market Square.

The ByWard Market Standholders Association said in a news release "We are all excited about this project but want to ensure that in this clean-up, our very history isn't swept away!"

The concept also includes plans for an open plaza space with tables and chairs where there would be programming during summer months.

The plan goes before committee get funding approval on May 3 and council would vote May 11.

A public information session will take place Wednesday May 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. on the pedestrian overpass across Rideau Street that links the Rideau Centre with The Bay.

The goal would be to have construction finished by the end of 2016 and have the space ready for Canada’s 150th birthday.