FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City is aiming to make $40,000 available next year for downtown businesses looking to renovate their storefront.
Council voted to support the Mayor’s Standing Committee on Community Economic Recovery’s application for up to $20,000 on Monday for the 2022 Downtown Façade Program through the Northern Development Initiative.
“This program is popular and always fully subscribed. It offers an opportunity to increase the vibrancy and enhance the appearance of the downtown area and provides offsets to businessowners who are making these investments,” said CAO Milo MacDonald in a November 8th report to council.
The program was made possible through a partnership between the Mayor’s Standing Committee on Community Economic Recovery and the Northern Development Initiative Trust.
Mayor Lori Ackerman confirmed during Monday’s meeting that the City will be applying for a $20,000 grant.
If NDIT approves the 2022 application, the committee will match the $20,000.
The committee received 12 applications for this year’s program, and six businesses have been approved to receive renovations so far.
The 2021 Façade Program is ongoing until December 31st.
The one-time reimbursement grant will give businesses 50 per cent of up to $5,000 spent per building or project to improve the façades of commercial buildings in the Downtown Development Permit Area.
The program is a part of the efforts to boost the aesthetic downtown by helping fund visual improvements such as facades, signage, murals, architectural features, siding, lighting, and awnings.
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