Sparks Street going greener thanks to $182K in federal funding

Sparks Street Muskoka chairs
Sparks Street will be getting more Muskoka chairs, thanks to new federal funding announced this week.

Sparks Street will be greener and one of downtown Ottawa’s main entertainment venues will get a makeover with the help of nearly $900,000 in new federal funding.

Ottawa Centre MP Yasir Naqvi announced this week that the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario is providing about $875,000 for four projects in downtown Ottawa through its Canada Community Revitalization Fund.

The lion’s share of the funding will go toward refurbishing the Bronson Centre, a 1,000-seat live performance venue located in the former home of Immaculata High School on Bronson Avenue.

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The facility is receiving nearly $524,000 for various upgrades, including updating its doors to “contemporary sound and fire standards,” modernizing its waste management system and retrofitting its exterior lighting.

The Somerset West Community Health Centre is getting $169,000 to renovate the Dalhousie Community Centre on Somerset Street West. The planned renovations include the addition of a fully accessible commercial kitchen.

The Sparks Street BIA will receive a total of $182,000 to convert underused space in the pedestrian mall into a public park and create two new “green zones” along the street with new Muskoka chairs, trees and other plants.

“By renovating community spaces, making them more accessible and more inclusive, and enhancing pedestrian experience outdoors, we are building an Ottawa where more people can live, work and play,” Naqvi said in a statement.

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