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Town of Gravenhurst; Community Improvement Plan; Uptown Gravenhurst

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Town of Gravenhurst - Community Improvement Plan
Project Date/Duration: 2013

View a sample of the official plan  Community Improvement Plan  (6.13MB)

The Town of Gravenhurst is expanding its involvement with the Community Improvement Plan as part of its overall Downtown Revitalization initiatives in order to provide business owners and operators in the Town with incentives to improve the physical characteristics of their buildings and properties.  The Town has decided to move forward on the preparation of a new Community Improvement Plan, with a focus on financial incentives to the business owners and operators.  

The Town has an existing Community Improvement Plan for a portion of the Commercial Core; however the plan will expand both the scope of the Community Improvement incentives and the boundaries of the Community Improvement Plan area. 

Interest is with the existing commercial areas in the uptown core and along Muskoka Road South and portions of Bay Street.  Council may consider budget funds to provide incentives for Community Improvement in its upcoming budgets, and individual businesses have expressed interest in participating in the program. 

Uptown Gravenhurst (previously referred to as the downtown) lies at the centre of the Gravenhurst urban area, and remains important to the day-to-day functioning of Town.  A broad range of functions are provided to residents, including businesses (retail, office, banking, restaurants, services), places of assembly (the opera house), places of worship (most of the churches in Gravenhurst are located in its traditional core), and residences.  Through the Downtown Revitalization Program, of which the CIP is one component, there is recognition of the desirability of having a vibrant and healthy commercial core, to provide opportunities for local shopping, to encourage tourists and visitors to spend time in the Town, to provide employment in the Town, and to contribute toward a healthy tax base for the municipality.  

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