Provincial funding to help get Chez Angela Bakery and Café rolling in downtown Brandon
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A pair of business owners say a recent financial contribution from the provincial government will help jump-start the construction of their downtown bakery.
Angela and James Chambers, the owners of Chez Angela Bakery and Café, will receive $52,731 from the Brandon Downtown Development Corporation, formerly known as Renaissance Brandon, which in turn was successful in its application for funding through the provincial government.
“It’s great,” Angela said. “We’re excited that there’s a bit of that coming our way and we can use it to kick things off.”
James said the funding will help ease the burden of trying to get a new operation off the ground.
Work can begin as early as this week, he said, and be finished by the end of March.
“While we’re definitely way ahead of what we thought we were going to be — investing in space, development and renovations — this helps kind of bring it back to where we were hoping to start at.”
The grant is a portion of the more than $1.4 million the provincial government is handing out to non-profits and community organizations.
In a statement on Friday, Municipal Relations Minister Jeff Wharton said the funding is in addition to the $2.6 million for community development that was announced in December, and is part of the more than $20 million that the government has committed since 2017.
“Our government will continue to provide support to projects that have long-term benefits to Manitoba communities,” he said.
“By partnering with municipalities and community groups and addressing local capital, planning and programming needs, we are building sustainable communities that will improve the lives of Manitobans.”
Chez Angela will be built at 29 10th St. as part of a larger redevelopment of the building, which will eventually include Muse Bridal Studio, Charleston and Harlow Candle Co., Rheanon Neale Photography, Studio 78 and Mint Magazine.
Brandon Downtown Development Corporation executive director Elisabeth Saftiuk said she was grateful to the provincial government for providing the funds for Chez Angela, adding that the money will be put to good use.
“This is a really exciting project for downtown,” Saftiuk said.
BDDC helps finance redevelopment projects through its own grant program, providing up to 25 per cent of a project’s total cost and up to $175,000.
The province had terminated a multi-year funding agreement, which provided $250,000 annually to the organization and was matched by the City of Brandon.
But Saftiuk said BDDC has been able to leverage significant private sector investment into downtown Brandon, which in turn will benefit both the city and province through increased property assessment values.
“Our organization believes that this grant approval is indicative of the province recognizing the intrinsic value that the downtown development corporation brings to (the) local and the provincial economy,” she said.
In all, the province approved three applications for the Partner 4 Growth program, which provides cost-shared funding for economic development; seven for the Community Planning Assistance program, which helps planning districts and municipalities with preparing land-use bylaws and policies; and 27 for other projects.
The City of Brandon will receive more than $50,000, including $20,000 from the Community Planning Assistance program, to help with the ongoing development strategy for the city’s eastern industrial area.
“It’s really, ultimately, to get that land ready so we can attract industry to the city,” said Jacqueline East, general manager of development services for the City of Brandon.
East said the money will be used to map out the development of that land, including transportation, sewer and water lines, and land drainage. She said the plan should be finished later this year.
The city will also receive $20,000 to review Brandon’s community centres and outdoor pools, as well as $10,500 to help fund winter activities for immigrants through the Lighthouse After School program.
Director of community services Perry Roque said the winter activities are something new that the city will be doing this year, while the needs assessment will help determine how Brandon’s community centres can best be used.
“The community centres and outdoor pools are a huge benefit to the community and we know that they add value to the lifestyle that people live in our community.”
Other grant recipients include the Westman Opportunities Leadership Group, which was approved for $75,000 through the Partner 4 Growth program.
The Brandon Sun reported last week that the group plans on using the money to try to attract a multimillion-dollar soybean processor to the region.
The Town of Neepawa and regional RMs will also receive $30,000 for the development of a regional recreation master plan.
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