The Barton-Kenilworth Commercial Corridor Building Improvement Grant Program supports the development of property and the maintenance, functionality, viability, accessibility and aesthetics of existing building stock used for commercial, multi-residential or institutional uses within the:
- boundaries of the Barton Village Business Improvement Area
- Barton and Kenilworth commercial corridors
- properties that front on Barton Street between James Street North and Victoria Avenue North as identified in the Downtown and Community Renewal Community Improvement Project Area By-law.
The Program supports the Barton and Kenilworth Commercial Corridors Final Recommendations Report (PDF, 5 MB) received by City Council in 2014.
To be eligible for this program, these requirements must be met:
- Property owners and authorized tenants are eligible
- Property taxes must be paid current
- The improvements shall be in accordance with Property Standards and the Ontario Building Code and in compliance with all applicable City by-laws, official plans, zoning regulations, design guidelines and site plan approvals
- Improvements commenced prior to submitting an application are ineligible Improvements commenced after submitting an application but prior to application approval do so at the applicant’s risk
- Properties must be located within the boundaries of the Barton Village BIA, the Barton or Kenilworth commercial corridors or, properties that front on Barton Street between James Street North and Victoria Avenue North as identified in the Downtown and Community Renewal Community Improvement Project Area By-law
- Existing use must be in conformity with the applicable Zoning By-law regulations, and other relevant planning controls
- Works commenced prior to submitting an application are ineligible for funding under the Program. Works commenced after submitting an application but prior to approval of an application may be eligible for funding under the Program and eligibility will be determined by the General Manager of Planning and Economic Development, in his sole, absolute and unfettered discretion. An applicant shall assume the risk of paying for work commenced after an application has been submitted but prior to approval.
Eligible improvements to qualify for program
- Construction of new building
- Façade improvements
- Reinforcement of floors, walls, ceilings and foundations
- Construction or alteration of stairs, guardrails, handrails
- Improvements or installation to electrical, ventilation, heating, cooling and plumbing supply systems
- Installation or alteration of required window openings
- Installation or alteration of fire protection systems; fire separations; fire doors, fire shutters and other fire protection devices
- Improvements for barrier-free accessibility including elevators
- Installation or improvement of signage (Signage must comply with Sign By-law 10- 197)
- Trees, shrubs, soil, mulch, grass on private property to improve the street edge conditions (to a maximum of $3 K per application as part of the total grant awarded)
Architectural, engineering, lawyer’s, BCIN designer, landscape architect, building permit, site plan application, road occupancy permit, street occupancy permits, and encroachment agreement application fees may be eligible for up to 100% of the cost to a maximum of $3 K per application as part of the total grant awarded for completed construction.
Other improvements deemed health, safety and accessible issues eligible at the sole discretion of the General Manager of Planning and Economic Development.
How to apply
- Review the full program description, including program terms. (PDF, 136 KB)
- To be eligible for the grant, improvements must comply with the Barton-Kenilworth Urban Design Guidelines. (PDF, 2 MB)
- Complete the Barton-Kenilworth Commercial Corridor Building Improvement Grant Program application form (PDF, 258 KB) and submit in person or by mail to:
City of Hamilton
71 Main Street West, 7th Floor
Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 4Y5
Attention: Hazel Milsome, Co-ordinator of Urban Renewal Incentives
- You will need to pay the administration fee when you submit your application. For grants that are $12,500 or less, the administration fee is $248.60. For grants that are more than $12,500, the administration fee is $395.50.
Application period: Applications accepted to the end of December 2018. Subject to the availability of funding.
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