Tecumseh’s Council has approved more than $250,000 in grants under the Community Improvement Plan (CIP) since its adoption in January 2016. Two further grants were approved at last night’s Council meeting, including
$15,000 for the St. Anne’s Church restoration and one for a new sidewalk cafe on Lesperance Road.
“My Council colleagues and I are very excited about the changes occurring in our main street area,” says Mayor Gary McNamara. “A number of developers and business owners have taken full advantage of this program and they are changing the face of our downtown. They bring with them new businesses and new residential opportunities. This is a great start to the resurgence of our traditional downtown and it means possibilities for our residents to stay, play and shop local.”
Council adopted the Tecumseh Road Main Street Community Improvement Plan on January 12, 2016. The CIP applies to the traditional downtown area centered on Tecumseh Road from the City of Windsor limits to the VIA Rail line east of Bedell Street. It is aimed at revitalizing and transforming the traditional “main street” and surrounding community into a unique, vibrant mixed-use destination.
“Many municipalities are adopting Community Improvement Plans,” says Director Planning & Building Services, Brian Hillman. “Tecumseh Council has been very supportive of this plan and these improvements, and all of us involved in its ongoing implementation are pleased it has been so well received by the community. We believe this program plays an important role in helping the community achieve a vibrant main street.”
CIP grants provided to date include building façade improvements, waiving of development charges, new residential townhomes and apartment construction, and outdoor patio construction. The Town has approximately $103,000 remaining in the 2017 budget for this program and encourages local businesses, property owners, developers and those looking to invest in properties in the CIP area to contact the Town for more details.