March 14, 2018 1:20 pm

Hamilton business hubs receive provincial funding to help draw in visitors

Concession Street BIA

Sara Cain, 900 CHML
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The Concession Street business improvement area (BIA) is one of 13 across Hamilton that will be mulling over how to use new provincial funding to boost their appeal.

MPP Ted McMeekin announced Wednesday that $483,103 will be allocated to projects aimed at drawing visitors to Hamilton’s business districts. He says the funds will co-managed by the associations of municipalities of Ontario.

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Cristina Geissler of the Concession Street BIA says she already has a few ideas about how to make the area more inviting. One of them has to do with an ongoing graffiti issue.

“It’s so bad for the morale of the business community,” she said. “We have some ideas on some anti-graffiti initiatives and we’re working with other BIAs and crime stoppers.”

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Another project on Geissler’s mind is the creation of a pedestrian crossover to improve safety and increase accessibility.

“Speed continues to be a challenge within our area,” she said.”If we can do some things to calm traffic, that would be great.”

Geissler says this funding coincides with the opening of six new businesses on the street this month.

She says she looks forward to consulting with BIA members about what projects will best serve the community, moving forward.

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