CIP enters final phase with open house and new eligibility criteria

Posted on Wednesday May 08, 2019

Alexandria, May 8, 2019 – Beautiful main streets are good for business and they are also good for developing strong communities. The North Glengarry Community Improvement Plan (CIP) was launched in February 2016 as part of a concerted effort to revitalize our Main Streets and to strengthen our businesses. Extensive public consultations were held, and the community had the opportunity to help design the program.

The final phase of this three-phase project started on January 1, 2019, heralding-in new eligibility criteria for residents who might be interested in participating in the program. In its first phase, the CIP applied only to properties located within designated areas of Alexandria and Maxville’s Main Streets. Last year the program extended to include designated main street addresses in each of the hamlets; including Apple Hill, Dalkeith, Dominionville, Dunvegan, Glen Robertson, Glen Sandfield, Greenfield and Lochiel.

As of January 1, 2019, all commercial properties and industrial zones are eligible to apply. Properties that have been identified to be of significant heritage interest and which have been included on the Municipal Heritage Register, are also eligible, as are properties identified in Phase 1 and Phase 2.

At the end of April, Open House meetings were held in Maxville and Alexandria. More than 60 people attended the two Open House meetings, where they learned about the North Glengarry Community Improvement Plan and the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Regional Incentives Program, which offers a similar range of grants designed to help local businesses to grow and expand.  Residents learn more about the various programs and municipal staff was on hand to discuss whether properties might qualify for the various grant and loan programs, which are used to finance construction projects that aim to beautify North Glengarry and to help our downtowns prosper. Eligible projects include items such as façade improvements, signage, commercial awnings, landscaping and public art.

The Township of North Glengarry’s CIP is an award-winning project that has gained widespread recognition. It is also helping to inspire neighbouring communities to implement similar programs. During a ceremony that was held in Queen’s Park in 2017, Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell officially presented the North Glengarry Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee with the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation. This award specifically recognized the committee’s support in launching the Community Improvement Program and subsequently launching the Glengarry Routes Heritage Tour. Both projects were seen to make a significant, positive impact on the community. Late last year, our neighbours in South Glengarry launched their own CIP program. All six municipalities within the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry now operate CIP programs, including three which launched within the past year.

Since its own CIP program launch in 2016, North Glengarry has seen some dramatic changes. More than 30 properties have participated in the program and the changes implemented at these locations have dramatically changed our landscape. The Quirky Carrot restaurant was one of the very first projects to receive CIP funding for its location in Alexandria. The transformation of this building inspired others, who came forward afterwards in efforts to strengthen the visibility and appearance of their own businesses and homes, while collectively transforming the vitality of our downtown cores. Other changes soon followed. People began taking back community spaces and hosting community events in areas such as the Mill Square, in Alexandria. The increased activity in the park led to further beautification efforts, including new furniture and a Glengarry Routes Interpretive Panel, which was installed there last year. Vacancies dropped and rental units are now in higher demand, as new businesses have been attracted, filling empty buildings with new entrepreneurs.

North Glengarry Councillor Jeff Manley is Chair of the Arts, Culture and Heritage Advisory Committee, which oversees the CIP program and provides recommendations to Council relating to each of the proposed projects. Councillor Manley has been a part of the CIP program since it was launched and he says that the impact has been powerful. “I am very proud of CIP initiative in the Township of North Glengarry.  In the first three years of the program we saw dramatic improvements in our main streets in both Alexandria and Maxville. It is my hope that this energy will also carry over to our hamlets, commercial areas and properties of heritage interest in the township over the next two years,” said Councillor Manley.

North Glengarry residents who are interested in learning more about the Community Improvement Plan (CIP) are encouraged to contact Tara Kirkpatrick, the Township of North Glengarry’s Economic Development and Communications Officer. She can be reached at tara@northglengarry.ca or by phone at 613-525-1313.

The Arts, Culture and Heritage Advisory Council meets at the beginning of every month to review applications to the program. The deadline to apply is typically the second Friday of each month. To inquire about the intake dates, or for any other questions you might have regarding the program, please contact the Township of North Glengarry. Additional information, including the applications are also available online at www.northglengarry.ca/en/doing-business/cip

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Sarah Huskinson, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Canton de Glengarry nord - North Glengarry Township

cao@northglengarry.ca/ T. 613-525-1110/ F. 613-525-1649/ www.northglengarry.ca

 

 

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