SACKVILLE, N.B. – Property owners within Sackville’s municipal heritage conservation areas can now take advantage of funding for restoration or conservation projects on their homes or businesses.
The town’s heritage board has recently established a conservation grant policy and has been provided with a first-year $15,000 budget, which will allow them to hand out funds to applicants who are undertaking preservation or rehabilitation projects that relate to the requirements under the municipal heritage bylaw.
The bylaw, which came into effect in 2011, designated two municipal heritage conservation areas within Sackville, consisting of sections of Bridge Street, Main Street and York Street. Property owners who fall within those designated areas are now required to follow specific guidelines and criteria when undertaking exterior renovations and additions, including obtaining a permit from the heritage board.
It is hoped the grants, which will range from $500 to $5,000, will serve as an incentive for property owners to move forward on these types of projects.
The policy gives the heritage board the power to approve and disburse the grant funding, with the budget amount to be determined by council from year to year.
The intent of the grant program is to ensure the structural stability of buildings, keep them weather tight, and to conserve their heritage value, according to the new policy.
There is an application process that property owners will need to go through to receive the funding, which will fall under three categories – preservation and repair; restoration; and rehabilitation. Projects that will not be eligible for grants are short-term routine maintenance activities, beautification upgrades, or the cost of contemporary features or materials