the money could be put to better use,” Mr. Massie said. “They’re not building a million-dollar building because we’re giving them $20,000.”
Councillor Jeff Manley pointed out that only half that total comes from grants. The other half is a loan.
According to the bylaw, the Grant Castle Corporation will receive a grant (maximum of $1,500) to prepare architectural and/or site plans for the infill project, up to $5,000 for the infill project, up to $75 for a civic address sign, up to $2,000 for landscaping, and up to $1,250 for building permit and planning fees.
Mr. Massie wasn’t the only one to be stymied by this application. Alexandria Ward Councillor Mike Depratto thought that the CIP was meant to repair old buildings.
“It’s for vacant lots or for old buildings to be replaced,” said Anne Leduc, Director of Recreation/Community Services. “That’s what they did with the old Home Hardware. They’re taking it down and replacing it with a new structure that will serve the community well.”
The projected total cost of improvements is pegged at $2,016,536.
The site at Main and Mechanic Streets will house the store that is now situated in a 4,500-squarefoot location.
“The proposed design invests heavily in a walkable streetscape, inviting architecture and a functional site plan,” according to a description submitted to council by the committee.
“Beyond an investment in asphalt, curbing, lighting and landscaping, the building incorporates a lit and covered walkway that will run parallel to the existing bank, increasing the utility of the site for the broader community.”
NEW LOOK: Sketches portray the new Home Hardware store that is currently under construction on a lot adjacent to the Scotiabank branch.