Help­ing her­itage in Car­bon­ear

Coun­cil speaks on grants, di­lap­i­dated build­ings on Wa­ter Street

The Compass - - Front page - BY CHRIS LEWIS [email protected]­n­com­pass.ca

Car­bon­ear Deputy Mayor Chris O’Grady brought for­ward a con­cept for sup­port­ing her­itage in­fra­struc­ture that the rest of coun­cil was unan­i­mously on board with.

The Town of Car­bon­ear hopes their adop­tion of a new pro­gram will see older prop­er­ties in the down­town area spiffed up.

At the reg­u­lar meet­ing of coun­cil on Tues­day, Nov. 13, the fi­nance com­mit­tee out­lined a pro­posal for a Her­itage Fi­nan­cial In­cen­tive Pro­gram, with the mu­nic­i­pal­ity pro­vid­ing grants to prop­erty own­ers.

Deputy Mayor Chris O’Grady said the pro­gram could aid in the beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of the Wa­ter Street area, which is part of Car­bon­ear’s down­town re­vi­tal­iza­tion project.

O’Grady ex­plained grants are aimed at prop­erty im­prove­ments, re­pair­ing things like sid­ing that would im­prove the ap­pear­ance of build­ings.

A to­tal of $10,000 has been bud­geted for the pro­gram. The grant would of­fer prop­erty own­ers up to 25 per cent of ma­te­rial and labour costs, with a max­i­mum of $2,000 per build­ing, per cal­en­dar year. He added that no sin­gle per­son can re­ceive more than two grants in a four-year pe­riod.

There are other stip­u­la­tions as well.

“No de­vel­op­ment shall take place which would al­ter the ap­pear­ance of the area, or in­di­vid­ual build­ings within it, in a man­ner that would be in­con­sis­tent with their ap­pear­ance at the time that they were ini­tially con­structed,” O’Grady ex­plained at the coun­cil meet­ing.

He said coun­cil’s aim, through the re­vi­tal­iza­tion project for Wa­ter Street, is to main­tain the orig­i­nal and his­toric char­ac­ter of the build­ings in that area.

Dur­ing the dis­cus­sion, Coun. Amanda Hu­lan noted the area has some di­lap­i­dated build­ings, which she says are hav­ing a nega­tive ef­fect on the area. She says even if the new grants pro­gram sees some prop­er­ties im­proved, coun­cil will still have to deal with the more di­lap­i­dated build­ings.

Coun. Danielle Doyle said she hopes this pro­gram will give those par­tic­u­lar prop­erty own­ers an in­cen­tive to clean up their prop­er­ties.

“That is a bit of an is­sue – we do have some prop­er­ties here that are not well main­tained,” O’Grady agreed. “Through pub­lic works, we have reached out to some of those own­ers, and writ­ten let­ters and things as well, so that’s also some­thing we’re work­ing on. Hop­ing to see those prop­er­ties cleaned up, main­tained, or sold, or any­thing.”

Coun­cil voted, unan­i­mously, in fa­vor of adopt­ing the Her­itage Fi­nan­cial In­cen­tive Pro­gram.

COM­PASS FILE PHOTO

Car­bon­ear Deputy Mayor Chris O’Grady

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