Investing in Downtown Heritage
Council approved a grant for $10,000 each for the properties located at 10210 and 10212 Yonge Street in conjunction with the Village Core Façade Assistance Program. The Village Core Façade Assistance Program was established in 2000 and is designed to provide financial assistance in the form of matching funds to commercial property owners subject to a project meeting and program guidelines. As per the guidelines, a maximum of 50 per cent of the costs of façade improvements up to a maximum of $10,000 per property can be granted. In order to be eligible, a property owner must submit an application and three quotations for the proposed work.
For the properties at 10210 and 10212 Yonge Street, the owner will change the existing exterior surface treatments and include the addition of nature stone, wood finished metal siding, new signage and LED lighting. The properties are currently home to a number of local retail businesses. The changes align with Richmond Hill’s “Walk This Way” document and support the historical character and importance of Yonge Street and a sense of identity and place within the Village Core, as well as improve the look of the buildings, street and neighbourhood as outlined in the Strategic Plan.
One of the greatest honours for this councillor is to represent the residents of Richmond Hill at the Town’s Remembrance Day Ceremonies. As we marched down Yonge Street, through our Village Core, I was reminded how fortunate we are in Richmond Hill to have a vibrant community in which we can live in peace! Remembrance Day Parades using this same route have marched to our Cenotaph for many years since it was built to honour the brave men and women who fought for what we have today. Freedom and democracy are not free. We must always stand on guard for our future and the future of our children. Lest we forget …