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Federal funds to move Sault’s downtown plaza forward

Design will include performance space, splash pad, skating rink
A rendering from consulting firm Roger Brooks International illustrates what Sault Ste. Marie's $6.6-million downtown plaza might look like when complete.

The City of Sault Ste. Marie has secured $500,000 in federal funding to proceed with its plan for a plaza in its downtown core.

Plans for the $6.6-million project, revealed in 2019 following consultation with Roger Brooks, include a splash pad and skating rink, a performance stage with a large screen, public art, and playground equipment.

Its development is designed as a way to revitalize the downtown core, while attracting newcomers, stimulating private investment, and increasing local and regional tourism.

Construction of the project is expected to create 46 jobs.

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“The plaza will be a four-season community space that connects the waterfront and the downtown area, and will serve as a gathering space that increases activity in the downtown area, which we hope will drive more investment and assessment growth,” Sault Mayor Christian Provenzano said in a news release.

“This financial support represents a significant step forward towards fulfilling our vision for the downtown.”

Funding for the initiative comes through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program.