Seaforth’s downtown facelift turns heads at conference

SEAFORTH – A dramatic facelift to Seaforth’s downtown was recognized by the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association at its recent conference.

Dressing for Success was a major renovation project involving restoration of six properties within the town’s Business Improvement Area during 2011. It was the collaborative effort of Peter Klaver, who is a BIA member and past chair, the late Debby Somerville, who was a BIA member, along with the Municipality of Huron East and its Municipal Heritage Committee.

Renovations were undertaken at the following heritage properties: Timber’s Outfitters; Decadence in the Country; Etue Insurance and Financial; Tulips Dental Centre; Sally’s Closet Too; and The Commercial Hotel.

It was nominated under the Bricks and Mortar category.

Given the improved aesthetics and property values on Seaforth’s Main Street, the ensuing economic development, and low commercial vacancy rate, it is evident that Dressing for Success achieved its goals and OBIAA rewarded this accomplishment, said Jan Hawley, who is the municipality’s economic development officer.

“Seaforth has seen challenging times over the past few years,” Hawley said. “Yet despite the downturn in the economy, its business district has remained vibrant, positioning itself well within the region.  And the efforts of Pete and Debby played a big part in that.”

“Recognition goes a long way in encouraging BIAs across the province to continue with their stellar work in improving the economic and social well-being of their communities,” said John Kiru, who is president of OBIAA. The award was presented at the conference in Thunder Bay last week.

The Ontario BIA Association recognizes the best in revitalization and management, and through its awards celebrates the most successful, innovative efforts in Ontario BIA development.

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