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Funding approved for three Community Improvement Plan applicants

SOUTH DUNDAS — The Municipality of South Dundas has wrapped up another round of the Community Improvement Plan (CIP) after a call for applications in the Spring. The community initiative program aims to help existing commercial businesses improve their exterior façade, install new signage or conduct interior renovations.

On July 16, Council approved funding for three projects after the Community Improvement Plan Review Committee met to review the applications. The successful applicants include: Cassell Roofing, Jay’s Repair and Morrisburg Building Centre.

Cassell Roofing has been awarded $4,250 in grant funding to upgrade the façade of the building by installing new siding and decorative stone, in addition to the installation of awnings over the main window and the front entrance to the building.

Approved for $5,000 in grants and a $14,200 commercial loan was Jay’s Repair who recently purchased the former Pinkus Tire building in Williamsburg. The funds will help to improve the look of the building façade by installing new siding and decorative stone, while modifying the front roof line to include an overhang. Funding provided will also be used to upgrade the building’s electrical system.

Morrisburg Building Centre will receive $5,000 in grant funding and a $6,350 commercial loan to improve the façade of the building by completely updating the façade including new signage. They will also upgrade the entrance to provide customers with enhanced access to the building.

There are still remaining funds to be allocated this year and the Municipality is opening another round of applications with a deadline of Friday August 16 at 1 p.m. Applications are available under the Community Improvement Plan tab under the Business section on the website. Once completed, applications can be dropped off at the Municipal office or emailed to rhunter@southdundas.com.

“The Community Improvement Plan offers commercial businesses in South Dundas a great opportunity to update their buildings by partnering with the Municipality. The program highlights the Municipality’s commitment to working with our business owners to develop South Dundas as an ideal community where residents live, work and play,” said Rob Hunter, Economic Development Officer.

In 2018, the Municipality of South Dundas implemented the Community Improvement Plan to provide existing commercial businesses with financial incentives to improve their building’s exterior façades, signage and/or interior. The CIP is intended to encourage rehabilitation initiatives and stimulate development.

Since the CIP’s inception, the Municipality has provided commercial businesses with $29,250 in grant funding and $62,137 in loans for 10 approved projects. Collectively, the improvements have a value of $311,861, all of which has stayed in South Dundas.