By David Klassen
.@mayor_bowman: @cityofwinnipeg funding $130k in prtnrshp w/ @centreventure @mbgov for exchange storefront upgrades pic.twitter.com/VDhKt9N6iv
— Wpg Mayor's Office (@Bowman4Wpg) May 8, 2015
Thirteen storefronts in downtown Winnipeg are getting facelifts through a new program announced Friday.
The Exchange District Heritage Façade and Storefront Improvement Program was launched by the city, province and CentreVenture to provide an additional $469,000 for the Exchange District.
The program covers up to $5,000 for professional design consulting fees, and will match up to $15,000 for eligible storefront improvements. Businesses with more than one frontage on a public street may receive up to $30,000 for eligible storefront improvements.
“Not only is the Exchange District known as the mecca of arts and culture in Winnipeg, people flock here to enjoy restaurants and retail in an atmosphere that speaks to the history and unique nature of this part of our city,” said Mayor Brian Bowman.
Grants will cover up to 50 per =cent of the cost of the eligible works per storefront.