Five projects are receiving money to help stimulate Orillia's downtown core through improvements to various properties.
Recipients of grants totalling $77,500 were at a special presentation this morning where the announcements were made.
Orillia Mayor Steve Clarke was on hand - he applauded the grant program and highlighted its benefits.
“As of today we’ve awarded $200,000 in DTCIP grants in 2019, making this our best year since the program was launched in 2017,” said Mayor Clarke. “This is very exciting because it means that we are seeing an increase in development in the core of the city, which is resulting in new housing and jobs for the community and a great return on investment.”
For a list of the recipients and improvements which include exterior brickwork repair, an elevator installation & replacement awnings, see below:
• 62 Peter St. N. - $7,500 (St. Paul’s Centre) Façade improvements to install a barrier-free access ramp as part of a broader project that includes the replacement of planter boxes, exterior brickwork repair, installation of a new sign and painting of a mural on the west side of the building.
• 69 Peter St. S. - $52,568 (Former Laser Tag building) These grants will be used to replace windows, convert part of the commercial building to 10 residential units and install an elevator.
• 126 Mississaga St. E. - $10,100 (NABI Inc./Steenhof) These grants will be used to update and improve exterior signage, repair and replace exterior bricks and to engage a designer to improve and refine the layout of the space to accommodate a new health care hub.
• 36 Andrew St. S. - $4,096 (Hartley Haus) This grant will facilitate façade improvements to upgrade existing signage and update and replace awnings.
• 19 Mississaga St. W. - $3,235 (Diane’s Beauty Salon) This grant will facilitate façade improvements to install new windows and installation of a new business sign.