HALTON HILLS, ON - Helsons Law, Georgetown's oldest and largest law firm, opened their second office earlier this year, in downtown Acton. The new location at 35 Mill St. East, Acton, went through extensive renovations to its façade, ground level offices and second-story residential unit, prior to opening in July. The project was funded in part by the Town of Halton Hills' Community Improvement Plan (CIP) under two different categories: the façade improvement grant and the residential rehabilitation grant.
Formerly a café, the interior and exterior needed extensive renovations to redesign the property into a professional office. The new façade has a very similar look to its sister-office in downtown Georgetown. Concurrent with office construction on the ground level, the property owners also rehabilitated the second-story apartment. Mixed-use properties, with ground level commercial use and upper-level residential, bring shoppers and vibrancy to downtowns.
"Our CIP program is a key tool in the Town's economic development tool box," said Mayor Bonnette. "By providing our property owners with targeted financial incentives, we are partnering to help attract businesses and the jobs they provide, as well as bring foot traffic into our downtowns."
"We are so proud to open our second location in Halton Hills," said Helsons Law owners David Ashbee and John Schaljo. "While the construction was a big project, applying to the CIP program was straight-forward and Town staff was very helpful with the steps toward application approval."
Photo L. to R. Councillor Jon Hurst, Downtown Acton BIA Chair Linda Olson, Mayor Bonnette presenting the cheque to property and business owners David Ashbee & John Schaljo, Councillors Mike Albano and Clark Somerville.
"Despite the strict guidelines of the CIP program, it has been very successful in promoting business revitalization," said Damian Szybalski, Manager of Economic Development, Innovation and Culture at the Town. "The CIP is integral to attracting additional investment particularly in the downtown areas of Georgetown and Acton where businesses have leveraged the opportunity."
The CIP was established in 2010 with an annual budget of $75,000. Since the CIP program launched, $375,000 in grants/loans have been awarded in multiple program categories, resulting in almost $625,000 in total investment in the community just in 2017 & 2018.
The CIP benefits the community by improving the visual presentation of buildings, thereby increasing the value of properties, attracting additional investment and providing a return on the Town's initial investment. CIP applications are accepted year-round by all types of businesses, subject to funding availability and eligibility.
For more information, contact the Town’s Economic Development Office at 905-873-2601 x2353 or visit investhaltonhills.com
About the Town of Halton Hills The Town of Halton Hills, with a population of approximately 60,000, consists of two urban centres, Georgetown and Acton, the Halton Hills Premier Gateway employment area, three hamlets - Glen Williams, Stewarttown and Norval - and several smaller settlements. Halton Hills has long been recognized for its natural beauty, active agricultural community, high quality of life and proximity to major centres, including Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto. The Town is ranked as one of the top small communities in Canada by a national magazine.
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