What does down­town Port Hope need?

Northumberland Today - - NEWS - VA­LERIE MACDON­ALD vmac­don­ald@post­media.com twit­ter.com/NT_v­mac­don­ald

PORT HOPE — Af­ter com­plet­ing a Com­mu­nity Im­prove­ment Needs Study for down­town Port Hope last year, con­sul­tants are now pre­sent­ing a Com­mu­nity Im­prove­ment Project Area (CPIA) and “pre­lim­i­nary in­cen­tive pro­grams” at an up­com­ing pub­lic meet­ing, and then to coun­cil.

There will be two op­tions pre­sented, says the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s mar­ket­ing man­ager.

“One in­cludes the (va­cant, for­mer) File Fac­tory and the other doesn’t,” Kevin Nar­raway said in an in­ter­view Mon­day.

The for­mer fac­tory (which has been plagued by van­dal­ism for years) is lo­cated out­side the down­town re­vi­tal­iza­tion area iden­ti­fied in the town’s strate­gic plan.

In ad­di­tion to the two op­tions be­ing pre­sented, there will be a busi­ness case pre­sented which fo­cuses on cre­at­ing a “de­vel­op­ment charge grant” us­ing a lo­cal down­town prop­erty and the specifics around that, he ex­plained.

“The (con­sul­tant’s) pre­sen­ta­tion will be fol­lowed by a break-out into small dis­cus­sion groups where your thoughts on the pre­lim­i­nary CIP and in­cen­tive pro­grams will be dis­cussed,” states a me­dia re­lease from the Town of Port Hope about the Tues­day, Nov. 21 pub­lic meet­ing open to all mem­bers of the pub­lic in­clud­ing busi­ness and prop­erty own­ers, as well as peo­ple who work in the down­town.

The event takes place in the town hall coun­cil cham­bers from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Af­ter the pub­lic meet­ing, the con­sul­tant’s rec­om­men­da­tions will go to Port Hope’s com­mit­tee of the whole and there will be a fi­nal re­port to coun­cil be­fore the end of the year that in­cludes feed­back from the pub­lic and coun­cil­lors, Nar­raway said.

Peo­ple are asked to con­tact Kevin Nar­raway, mar­ket­ing man­ager, Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Port Hope, at 905-376-6737 or via e-mail at KNar­raway@porthope.ca, if they have any ques­tions or need more in­for­ma­tion.

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