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PCs grant Kenora $1 mil­lion for down­town re­vi­tal­iza­tion.

Kenora Daily Miner and News - - FRONT PAGE - ERIK PINDERA epin­[email protected]­media.com

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.

ERIK PINDERA/DAILY MINER AND NEWS

Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rick­ford an­nounced the fund­ing in­side Kenora's coun­cil cham­bers on Fri­day, Jan 11.

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