PCs grant Kenora $1 million for downtown revitalization.
The province gave Kenora $1 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund to help pay for the fourth phase of the city’s downtown revitalization plan.
Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford, who also serves as the minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, made the announcement at Kenora’s city hall Friday, Jan. 11, alongside city council and Mayor Dan Reynard.
The new project will be in the area of Chipman Street and First Street. It includes realigning First Street through the former mall property the city now owns, replacing water and sewer infrastructure in the area, a new roundabout at the intersection of Park Street, Fifth Avenue South and of newly rebuilt First Street, City of Kenora economic development officer Megan Dokuchie said.
The plan also includes a “pedestrian-friendly plaza” in the area, which the city hopes will drive more visitors to local businesses in the area.
The plaza and other developments haven’t been designed, because the project hasn’t yet gone to tender.
Dokuchie couldn’t yet share a firm timeline for the project, because the city is still waiting on another funding decision.
However, the city plans to put the project to tender relatively soon and start the project this year, she said.
The city estimates the project will create 75 indirect jobs via “enhanced business development and new investment in the downtown,” Dokuchie said. Building the plaza and replacing infrastructure will create about 25 jobs in construction, she said.
“Since inception, the downtown revitalization project has created 513 jobs in the harbourtown centre and has transitioned the City of Kenora from a pulp-and-paper mill town to a destination and lifestyle community,” Reynard said, reading from prepared remarks at the funding announcement.
Reynard thanked the province and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund for funding the revitalization plan through its four phases.
Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford announced the funding inside Kenora's council chambers on Friday, Jan 11.