Initiative would offer grant money to restore downtown
There was considerable enthusiasm around the executive committee table for the Main Street Saskatchewan program.
© Times-Herald photo by Justin Crann
Ira Dales, chairman of Moose Jaw's heritage committee, voices his support for the Main Street Saskatchewan program during the regular meeting of the Friendly City's executive committee on Monday.
The program, which offers grant money and matching funds for rehabilitation projects in historic downtown cores, was discussed at the committee's regular Monday meeting.
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Tilbury talks Main Street Sask program
Troy Tilbury sees the Main Street Saskatchewan program as a potentially positive step for Moose Jaw.
His firm, Tilbury Design, has been working with the town of Maple Creek since that municipality successfully applied to be an accredited participant in the program.
"We have been working … more so with the implementation of the facade restoration projects," said Tilbury. "They approached us back in February about coming on board and producing construction drawings."
He added that, since the municipality signed on to the program, they have "taken (it) and run with it."
"They used it to really get their local town council on board with the idea of restoring their Main Street as a source of tourism and civic pride," said Tilbury.
He also noted that, if Moose Jaw proceeds with the program, it could be a way to encourage more community involvement and to unite the downtown businesses to work toward a common goal.
Tilbury pointed toward the successes of the original Main Street program, in which Moose Jaw participated — successes that include the historic street lamps and paving stones along downtown sidewalks.
"The impact of those successes is still felt today," he said.