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Sault nets funds for downtown revitalization project

Plans include developing vacant spaces
Provincial funding of $600,000 will go toward revitalizing the downtown core of Sault Ste. Marie. (File photo)

Plans to revitalize downtown Sault Ste. Marie got a boost on May 17, with the announcement of $600,000 in assistance from the provincial government.

Sault MPP Ross Romano announced the funds would help enhance streetscapes, buildings and public spaces, creating 20 new, indirect jobs.

Specifically, the funding will help entrepreneurs develop vacant ground-floor space for new commercial businesses; create residential space on upper floors; and renovate building exteriors.

The city will also enhance shared public spaces, creating new event and gathering spaces, adding street furniture and improving the streetscape along Queen Street.

It’s part of a long-term strategy to rejuvenate and modernize the downtown area.

"The City of Sault Ste. Marie and city council are committed to revitalizing the downtown area. The Downtown Development Strategy is a significant aspect of our efforts that is already having a positive impact, from streetscaping to façade improvements to beautification efforts," said Sault Mayor Christian Provenzano in a news release.

"I want to thank the Ontario government for recognizing the importance of our strategy and for supporting it."

The funding comes from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp.