Smiths Falls to recieve funding for Town Square Redevelopment project.

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The town will receive a $750,000 Canada Community Revitalization Fund grant to redevelop the Smiths Falls Town Square.

The money will cover 75 per cent of construction costs for the project while the rest will come from another federal grant, a community donation and a “modest amount” from capital reserves, Art Manhire, director of community services, said in a report to council.

The funding agreement gives the town until February of 2023 to complete the project, but the town hopes it can be finished by next fall, said Manhire, adding that such parts as landscaping would have to be done before the ground freezes

“It’s exciting to have the project move forward,” said Coun. Christopher McGuire, adding that town’s share of $250,000 is already covered.

The project includes a paved pathway, electrical work, lighting, landscaping, a sound-and-light system for the bandshell.

Plans are expected to be completed early in the New Year when tenders will be issued.

The federal Canada Community Revitalization Fund helps communities build infrastructure as part of the COVID-19 recovery plan.

(Jessica Munro is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the Brockville Recorder and Times. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.)

Jessica Munro, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Brockville Recorder and Times

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