Council takes steps to help downtowns in Southgate

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Southgate has downtown revitalization high on its list of priorities.

The proposed 2021 budget contains $40,000 for downtown improvements to put together with grant funding and provides money to fill the vacant Economic Development role that has been added to the CAO role.

Also, the long-awaited Community Improvement Plan is in place. This plan is aimed to bring benefits across the municipality, as projects anywhere are eligible if they fit the criteria.

“After today it will be up to council and the EDO to start, first of all, promoting it, and second to create a committee to review applications,” planner Clint Stredwick told council when the plan was approved.

The last step before approval was having the plan reviewed and approved by Grey County.

See related stories on the impact of the CIP in a nearby municipality.

The Township agreed to defer half of the Development Charges for the new Dundalk Village Pharmacy building on Proton Street. The second instalment will have to be paid before occupancy.

In answer to a question from council, CAO Dave Milliner said this is a policy tool for municipalities to support development. The first case in Southgate was the adult lifestyle apartments of Flato.

Mr. Milliner said the pharmacy build would likely start in early spring and take 10 to 12 months. With interest rates so low getting half the money later would be irrelevant. “The benefit is an improvement of downtown.”

Commented Coun. Michael Sherson, “to get that fencing down and a new building up there, would really change downtown.

M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald