Province Helps Revitalize Blue Mountains Commercial Areas
McGuinty Government Boosts Local Economy
Ontario is helping the Town of The Blue Mountains and the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce to revitalize three downtown commercial areas.
The province is investing $66,000 in the Town of The Blue Mountains Sustainable Community Improvement Plan project. The project will help the town's commercial areas become even more vibrant, offer more affordable housing opportunities, preserve and restore historic buildings through green technology and begin restoring unused vacant sites.
The funding is part of the Rural Economic Development Program which invests in community-based projects in three priority areas:
- Improved access to health care services
- Revitalized communities and downtowns
- Enhanced skills trainin
- Since 2003, Ontario has invested $50 million in 158 projects through the Rural Economic Development Program.
- The Town of The Blue Mountains has a population of about 6,800 permanent residents, which increases to about 16,000 in the winter.
“I am pleased to support this project to help the Town of The Blue Mountains identify its opportunities for economic revitalization and development. Today's funding will help encourage growth for this community.”
“The Sustainable Community Improvement Plan will be different and more innovative than other Community Improvement Plans because instead of attempting to generate downtown commercial area revitalization, the Community Improvement Plan will focus on creating sustainable forms of redevelopment and adaptive building reuse. It will also combine economic development tools with planning and urban design policies and programs that promote downtown revitalization that is energy efficient, pedestrian friendly, environmentally sustainable and respective of heritage and cultural features. This fits with our strategic plan to build a strong, vibrant and sustainable community.”