Special projects coordinator for the Town of Antigonish Steven Scannell made a presentation during last night’s regular council meeting updating council on the Business Improvement District.
Based on current feedback, staff recommended council not continue with the current BID as proposed.
However, Mayor Laurie Boucher said the project isn’t a failure.
Council made a commitment to the business community to create an improvement district, Boucher said, and this was the first attempt. She said they will try again and continue to listen to feedback through their Engage Antigonish sessions. The next session is taking place April 12 at St. Ninian Place.
She added the BID process won’t be complete for the year’s budget, but they will continue to work with business community to make the BID happen in some form.
Further dialogue was held yesterday afternoon to discuss the possibility of a Business Improvement District in Antigonish. The event, which was hosted by the Antigonish Chamber of Commerce featured more insight into the proposed link between the town and business community.
Special Projects Coordinator with the Town, Steve Scannell says that feedback for the proposal has been both positive and negative. Many believe it will be a great support for the business community, yet others worry about how to fund the position:
One proposed way to fund the position is through a BID levy, which Scannell says is feasable with the Town’s low commercial tax rate. People in attendance asked about the involvement of St.FX and the County in the BID, to which Scannell says are “on-going discussions”.
The proposal to create a non-profit, business improvement district in Antigonish is moving along, with an open house being held throughout the week. The purpose of a business improvement district is to find new ways to help market and promote business with the Town of Antigonish.
Special Projects Coordinator with the town, Steve Scannell says stopping by 284 Main Street this week is very important so interested business owners can register for the upcoming vote, and get more information regarding this proposal:
The Town of Antigonish is holding a week-long Informational Open House at the Eastern Strait Regional Entprise Network Offices from 9am – 5pm this week. Scannell says it is important to get the business community on board in order to move forward and to achieve common goals