Projects approved for incentive funds
Property improvement and environmental projects have been awarded funds under Norfolk County incentive programs.
Dr. Kal Jumaily and The Second Mouse Cheesetique of Delhi, Port Dover Development Inc. and Simcoe's LRH Professional Accounting & Tax Services have received money for various projects.
The largest amount will go towards Port Dover Development Inc., a group that purchased the Harry Gamble Shipyard.
Port Dover Development will receive a grant of up to $15,000 for each property slated for development to conduct environmental studies located at 225 Chapman St., 230 Chapman St. and 2 Lynn Street in Port Dover.
Jumaily will also receive up to $15,000 for an environmental study at 68 King St. in Delhi, which is slated for development.
The LRH firm will receive money for a project under the Landscaping, Signage, and Property Improvement Program of the Community Improvement Plan (CIP). The grant will go as high as $2,000 to install retail signage at 49 Norfolk Street North.
Also receiving up to $2,000 was the Cheesetique. Funding went towards the installation of retail signage on the property located at 307 Main Street.
“I was extremely happy,” owner Teresa Wybo said. “It was great because I wanted to do it for a long time and with that funding available it (allowed) me to do it sooner rather than later.”
Wybo used the money to install awnings above the windows at the Cheesetique and had the business logo attached to the windows.
“(The grant) lets you know that Norfolk County wants you to improve your building and is willing to put their money where their mouth is and help you out financially.”
County incentives are available for architectural design, environmental site assessment, structural improvements, building facades, agricultural building and facilities, residential conversions and rehabilitation, landscaping, signage and property improvement.
Non residential projects can also qualify. Depending on the program, incentives apply to properties in urban, hamlet, lakeshore and agricultural areas.
“Community Improvement Plans help municipalities target areas in transition or in need of repair, rehabilitation and redevelopment, and stimulate private sector investment through municipal incentive-based programs,” a Norfolk County press release reads.