Names the stars at the Quail’s Nest Art Centre
A week long work schedule and display over for 2021 – after a one year absence
The CCRF (Granting Agency) will provide support for projects involving adapting and reimagining/re-envisioning community spaces and maintaining accessibility standards so that they may safely be used by communities in accordance with social distancing and local public health guidelines to help
revitalize areas and support future planning efforts. Projects could include community transformation infrastructure to help rejuvenate communities, downtown cores, main streets, and shared spaces such as outdoor community spaces and tourism facilities.
Eligible projects will be prioritized in the following order of importance:
• revitalize main streets or downtown cores
• improve or reinvent outdoor spaces
• reduce environmental impacts, including greenhouse gas emissions
• increase accessibility to public spaces for everyone to enjoy inclusive of people with disabilities
Staff consider that the outdoor plaza is a perfect fit for this grant application and will coincide well with future planned upgrades on these blocks of Station Street – north of Fairview Rd.
Grant requests can be up to 75% of project costs to a maximum contribution of $750,000. An updated cost estimate for the plaza is $800,000 with a 25% contingency, for a total of $1,000,000. This means that the Town will be responsible for approximately $250,000 if the full grant amount is awarded.
Decisions on how to fund the application will be discussed once/if the grant application is approved. Staff note that the land reserve budget is at $925,000 and can be utilized for capital projects. There is also $270,000 in Capital that was slated for design development for the unsuccessful Housing Project.
Local Economic Development Strategy, involves the creation of a Downtown Beautification and Wayfinding Program.
With that in mind, Staff applied for a $15,000 grant to BC’s Building Economic Development Capacity- Small Scale Project to develop an action plan for downtown beautification and wayfinding.
In May, Staff were notified that the grant application was successful.
Eco Plan has been retained to conduct this work within the grant application budget provided. This work will include a project launch with a public survey, two workshops with the downtown advisory committee, a community pop-up event and feedback from Council prior to final completion by the end of the year. With this plan, action items can be put into the 2022 budget for implementation next year.
The Grow Oliver Coordinator has identified several quick start items that can be implemented this summer with a focus on public art. This includes installing peace/welcoming poles within several existing planters identified in the report attached, as well as painting existing fire hydrants and incorporating selfie signs in the downtown area.
Town Staff note that several of the existing planter beds will face challenges with the installation of peace poles due to existing tree roots and underground electrical wiring. Each location will require approval by Public Works prior to installation. Public works Staff can assist in marking out possible locations but the installation will be done primarily by the volunteers.
The Grow Oliver Coordinator has advised that the Oliver Arts Council has a grant that the Chamber can apply for that will cover supplies and paint. There has also been several businesses that have donated supplies. Any additional expenses will be covered in the Grow Oliver supplies budget.