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Wingham Business Alliance/North Huron Staff Participate in Josephine Street Walk-about

Friday May 11th, 2012

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For immediate release:  May 10, 2012

Wingham Business Alliance/North Huron Staff Participate in Josephine Street Walk-about
Members of the Wingham Business Alliance and Township of North Huron staff participated in a Walk-about Josephine Street with the intent of identifying quick projects for improvement.  Meant to complement the work already done on Wingham’s main street, the group was looking for simple, cost efficient ways to add to the beautification of the commercial core.  During the walk, concerns such as abandoned signs, weeds, dusty windows, outdated advertising posters and tired paint jobs were noted.  Business owners involved in the walk shared some improvement ideas for their own buildings that are already in the works. 

“The purpose of the walk was to look at our main street with fresh eyes.  We might walk by an abandoned sign every day and not notice it until we look at things with a different perspective.  The cost of the two year Josephine Street Project will be $6.6 million upon completion including the County of Huron contribution,  but nothing sells a community to investors better than pride in a hometown that is reflected in the little details. Small things like fresh paint, tidy parking lots, clean windows and a lack of weeds speak volumes about the health and vitality of a commercial area,” noted Community Development Coordinator, Connie Goodall.  

As a result of the walk the Wingham Business Alliance will be sending a letter to the Bylaw Enforcement Officer requesting that abandoned signs in town be addressed.  A letter will also be sent to area businesses requesting their involvement in continuing to create a more attractive commercial core.                                   

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Contact:  Connie Goodall
               Community Development Coordinator
               Township of North Huron
               cgoodall@northhuron.ca
               519-357-1096