GRAND BANK, NL – Plans for the first stage of re-developing the town of Grand Bank’s downtown and waterfront area have apparently been quietly coming together over the past several months.
Now, the funding is in place, too.
The plan received a major boost on Monday, May 14 with an announcement of over $870,000 from the federal and provincial governments.
According to a news release, the town is receiving $647,209 from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and $227,775 from the provincial Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry (TCII) and Innovation for the plan, which aims to better position Grand Bank as a tourism destination.
The re-development plan came up for some discussion during Grand Bank’s council meeting May 7.
Town clerk Cathy Follett indicated a meeting had been held with several stakeholders the previous week, and the town was hoping it would be able to go to tender soon for some initial work.
The first stage will see streetscaping completed in the corridor from Warren’s Store to the Grand Bank Lions Centre, including a cobblestone area.
Parking is another focus of the upcoming work with changes identified to improve the number of spaces available in the area.
The plan calls for the former South Coast Auto building on Church Street to be removed and the site turned into parking.
Parking spaces in front of the neighbouring Sow and Sew, Masonic Lodge and future site of Serenity Funeral Home will be removed as part of the streetscaping and relocated behind the buildings.
Development of at least one green space – the town-owned land on the corner of Water Street and Riverside West – is also part of the first stage of the plan.
“To me, right now everything is moving forward fast and it’s been very, very positive,” town manager Wayne Bolt said during the May 7 meeting.
Follett told The Southern Gazette after the council meeting the hope is to get started on the work this summer.