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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.”

Covered walk­way

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.

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