Free money: A call for applications
Free money. With that kind of enticement, there ought to be no shortage of applications for financial help under the North Glengarry Community Improvement Plan.
“There are some interesting incentives,” noted Alexandria and District Chamber of Commerce President Michael Madden. “Significant benefits” can be derived during the program’s first phase, designed to rejuvenate the downtown cores of Alexandria and Maxville, Mr. Madden told last week’s chamber meeting.
For phase 1, the township has allocated $50,000 in grants. The municipality will also provide loans, tax breaks and permit fee exemptions for successful applicants.
“I hope to see lots of applications,” said Mr. Madden. “I hope the township runs out of money and gives more to the program,” he remarked.
To date, two parties have expressed interest in the financial assistance that will help business operators and residents upgrade their properties.
In March, the municipality will begin accepting funding requests under the initiative that is meant to help businesses, as Mr. Madden put it, “step up our game.”
The first phase (years 1 and 2) of the program is for commercial and residential properties on Main Street in Alexandria and Maxville.
The second phase (year 3) will include commercial properties in rural hamlets, such as Glen Robertson and Dalkeith, and the third phase (years 4 and 5) is for other commercial properties, industrial land, and heritage buildings in North Glengarry.
Financial assistance is available to cover a wide range of expenses, including professional fees, landscaping, public art and building renovations.
from the post. A successor is to be elected at the chamber’s annual general meetiong March 9.
About 30 people, three times the normal attendance, showed up for the last regular meeting. The increased participation was partly the result of a concerted effort by members to coax the reluctant majority into attending a meeting. Although it has about 125 members, most of the work is done by a group of about ten volunteers. As vice-president Brent Hill observed, “We need new energy.”
New members are being recruited for the organization’s five sub-committees.