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Vineland's Community Improvement Plan

Posted by Greg Chew on Jun 18, 2015 3:18:35 PM

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Community Improvement Plans (CIP) provide a variety of financial incentive programs to encourage development/redevelopment in key areas. As part of an ongoing series, I will be assessing the CIPs of specific areas within the Greater Horseshoe.

Last November, the Town of Lincoln adopted a Community Improvement Plan, that focuses on revitalizing Vineland’s commercial core. The Vineland Central Business District Community Improvement Plan (CIP), looks to follow in the success of Beamsville's commercial district revitalization plan.

While Vineland’s commercial core is relatively small, it does include various restaurants, offices, entertainment, residential and commercial retail spaces. The area is zoned to accommodate other commercial uses including hotels and commercial recreational facilities.

 

Vineland’s Central Business District

The district sits in the cross roads of Victoria Avenue’s market greenway and the Niagara wine route. The area identified for improvement encompasses King Street between Magnolia Road and Twenty Third Street and a small section of Victoria Avenue.

The buildings within the district are located tight to the street edge and therefore a focus of the CIP is to ensure the facades and street scape designs are inviting. The Town’s SWOT analysis found that a number of the commercial properties were underutilized, and could bring positive changes to the district with redevelopment. The vision for the area paints an entire redevelopment and reimagining of the current type of buildings within the district, to a more downtown feel for the area. Development led by the Town will include the addition of landscaped entrance features, new park like public space and additional off street parking spaces.

 

Community Improvement Plan 

The following incentives are currently being implemented in the CIP, the Town began accepting applications in March of this year. 
Development Charge Reduction Grant Program
  • grant for 50% of the Town's development charges, a further 50% is granted in the build meets Smart Growth Design criteria or LEED certification
Urban Design Study Grant Program
  • grant for 50% of the cost of a urban design study, with a maximum of $2500 per project

Facade Improvement Grant Program
  • grant for 50% of the cost to restore and improve current building facades and storefronts up to $12,500

Building Improvement Grant Program
  • grant for 50% of the cost for building improvements to idustrial, commercial or mixed size buildings, with a maximum of $10,000 per project

Residential Grant Program
  • grant for rehabilitated residential space equal to $15 per sq. ft. with a maximum of $15,000 per unit, 4 unit eligible per property

Revitalization (Tax Increment) Grant Program
  • grant for 80% of the increase of property taxes upon property completion, extends for ten years

Landscaping Improvement Grant Program
  •  grant for 50% of the cost of landscape approvements, listed eligible through the Town, with a maximum of $500 per property

Providing incentives to repair and develop the central commercial area will help to stimulate private sector investment. Rehabilitating the central business district in Vineland is imperative to the Town of Lincoln and their commitment to this area is a positive indicator of their willingness to attract potential investors. To read more about CIP's offered in Niagara, visit my blog

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