Spruc­ing up main streets

The Glengarry News - - Front Page -

Novem­ber 5 is the dead­line to sub­mit ap­pli­ca­tions to re­ceive fund­ing un­der the South Glen­garry Com­mu­nity Im­prove­ment Plan, an ini­tia­tive de­signed to spruce up the main streets of town­ship vil­lages.

The ap­pli­ca­tions will be re­viewed by the ap­proval com­mit­tee and pre­sented to mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil De­cem­ber 17.

El­i­gi­ble busi­ness own­ers, ten­ants and res­i­dents will be able to ap­ply on­line.

“The town­ship has re­ceived many pos­i­tive com­ments from the com­mu­nity about the new CIP grant pro­gram. There has been lots of in­ter­est from res­i­dents and busi­ness own­ers,” said Shauna Baggs, South Glen­garry Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment and Tourism Co­or­di­na­tor. “We look for­ward to the hear­ing from in­ter­ested ap­pli­cants and are ex­cited to see the im­pact the im­prove­ments will make to the town­ship.”

The CIP grant pro­gram will cover up to 50 per cent of a project to a max­i­mum of $7,500.

In 2018, Coun­cil bud­geted $25,000 for a CIP pro­gram to off­set costs of prop­erty en­hance­ments in des­ig­nated “Main Street” ar­eas for projects in­clud­ing façade im­prove­ments, sig­nage, and land­scap­ing.

Ex­penses to be cov­ered by the CIP in­clude plan­ning and de­sign, build­ing im­prove­ment, com­mer­cial signs and awnings, land­scap­ing, pub­lic art and im­proved ac­ces­si­bil­ity.

Fol­low­ing the suc­cess­ful im­ple­men­ta­tion of com­pa­ra­ble CIP pro­grams in mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties across Stor­mont, Dun­das and Glen­garry, South Glen­garry looks for­ward to see­ing a sim­i­lar re­turn -- up to ten times the in­vest­ment through in­creased tax as­sess­ment, em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and im­proved com­mer­cial cores.

“Over time, the CIP is ex­pected to build the pro­file of South Glen­garry through in­creased tourism and com­mu­nity eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment while help­ing ex­ist­ing busi­nesses ex­pand,” the mu­nic­i­pal­ity says.

It is rec­om­mended that a pre-con­sul­ta­tion take place be­fore an ap­pli­ca­tion is sub­mit­ted.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Shauna Baggs, at shauna@south­glen­garry.com or 613-347-1166, ext. 264.

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