Four Years of Accomplishments

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Four Years of Accomplishments

So the time has come for our little district to elect a new board to represent the best interests of the business owners of Bridgeburg Historic District!

Like many of you, most of us really didn't know what the board does or why it exists. As property owners in the Downtown core, we have an additional tax levy that is added on to our property tax bill. This money goes into the BIA levy, and the board decides what to spend the money on.

Unique to our board, there are no paid employees. This makes it a difficult feat as the implementation is the responsibility of the individuals on the board. The board is elected by the members (building owners in the district). We have had successes, failures and many learnings, from the "two hours a month" that we were told the volunteer position would require, to the massive amount of planning, strategising and executing it has taken to achieve all which we have begun to accomplish.

Some of our achievements are noticeable and many are behind the scenes. These include:

1. New Garbage Bins

2. New Soap Stone planters at the foot of Jarvis and Niagara Blvd

3. New Planters along the street

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4. New Benches

5. Refurbished the Old Benches

6. Successful in getting new streetscape design drawings done with the matching dollars being allocated from The Town of Fort Erie

7. The successful request of $350,000 from The Town Of Fort Erie; grant to be allocated to the streetscape construction drawings

8. Three successful Taste Of Fort Erie Festivals bringing thousands of additional foot traffic to the street

9. Many new business facades and renovated buildings bringing homes to new and relocated businesses throughout the district

10. Millions of dollars of new developer investment in property acquisitions

11. Introduced the Bunny Hop event, bringing hundreds of people every Easter to visit the area

12. Expanded our annual Trick or Treat event to bring hundreds of people to enjoy the street and haunted house

13. Introduced Historic Bridgeburg ghost tours

14. Currently investigating alternate uses for the Doll House

15. Worked with Town Hall to understand the waterfront strategy, including the Coal Docks which is currently undergoing structural investigations; there is a plan done for the property prior to the land being notably structurally compromised

16. Pushing the envelope on property standards and consistently reporting bylaw issues

17. New professionally-designed logo

18. New interactive website

19. New Facebook page with over a thousand followers

20. Supported the Friends of Bridgeburg Station Santa Claus Parade and Elf Party bringing thousands of spectators

21. Red Iron English Phone Booth which will be placed ideally in front of the Post Office

22. Purchased new Christmas tree for the foot of Jarvis

23. Designed and purchased banners to be displayed down the street

24. Put a marketing sponsorship program in place matching businesses up to $2000 each with promoting and advertising the area

25. Put a program in place for planters for business owners; BIA will contribute 50% cost up to a maximum for participating businesses (2019)

26. Hosted the Old Fashioned Street Dance, bringing thousands to cut loose and dance with family, friends and neighbors

27. Managed the watering and street maintenance contract

28. Purchased Winter arrangements for the planters (New to 2018)

29. Purchase Christmas garlands for businesses who would like to participate (New to 2018)

One thing is for sure: we are all pleased to have come this far! We are excited for new volunteers to join us in making Bridgeburg just a little better each and every year. There is a long road ahead, however with working together, great things can, will and are happening!

Join us at our AGM in November if you’re interested in becoming part of the solution! Check out our Facebook page for updates.

- The Bridgeburg BIA Volunteer Board

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Bridgeburg Trick or Treat

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Bridgeburg Trick or Treat

On October 28th between 11 AM and 2 PM, come join us in the Bridgeburg Historic District for some Halloween fun! Take a look at all of the fun events that we have planned to make 2017's event the best yet:

The Bridgeburg Express Train will be taking young riders around the clock, so don't miss it!

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The Bell Tower (located on 375 Central Ave) will be hosting fun games and crafts!

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Over 30 of our amazing businesses will be handing out loads of free candy and gifts from their storefronts... sweet, right?!

Even Spiderman will be attending! He's about as real as you get, see for yourself:

Wow - that's a lot of cool stuff, and it's all going on, right here in Bridgeburg. We can't wait to see you for this awesome free event!

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Bell Tower Volunteers Recognised

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Bell Tower Volunteers Recognised

The Bridgeburg District BIA is very proud to congratulate Marc, Shannon, and Noel from our very own Bell Tower Communty Centre on being recognised last month as the Fort Erie Times volunteers of the year!

We are so thankful to have such amazing people helping to improve both the district, the community, and Fort Erie in general. 

Check out the original article (transcribed and directly from print) below:

Bell Tower volunteers recognised
Thursday June 22, 2017
Kris Dube / Special to the Times

Marc Poisson, Shannon Unrau Tower Community Centre are of the year.

The people behind the Bell Tower Community Centre have been welcomed with open arms since the local venue was established about a year ago.

Operated by Marc Poisson and Noel LaBoeuf, the facility hosts several community events, offers a fully-licensed bar and space to various groups, but has also raised thousands of dollars for local causes.

This is why LaBoeuf and Poisson are being recognized by the Fort Erie Times as volunteers of the year.

Although both are the faces of the arts and community centre, they attribute a lot of the success so far to the many other people who offer their time before, during and after events.

"We have a team of supporters that are incredible," said Poisson in a recent interview.

A breast cancer walk on Mother's Day brought in almost $1,000, a 'Kinky Carnival' raised $1,000 and more than 600 items for Community Outreach Program Erie, as well as $300 for a mental health cause.

"This town has welcomed us amazingly and all of these things were able to happen because of the support of the community," said Poisson.

LaBoeuf lives by the adage of what goes around, comes around - saying they must play a role in the community in order to be embraced and supported by Fort Erie, especially just setting up less than a year ago.

"If we want people to come out to our events -we have to do something for our community," said LaBoeuf. The Bell Tower also hosts an artist discovery mentorship program, which will have two installments per year. Poisson and LaBoeuf both say they want to thank the many people who volunteer their time at the Bell Tower - one of them being Shannon Unrau, who says she helps because she believes in the causes the facility supports. "I feel strongly about helping my friends and I enjoy planning things. When my goal is to raise as much money as I can it's a good starting point," she said. For more information, visit www.thebelltowercommunity.com
 

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Jarvis Street Art Crawl

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Jarvis Street Art Crawl

On Saturday, July 22, businesses on Jarvis Street will be opening up their doors to local artists and the community for our first ever Art Crawl!

Organised by Game's Room, the event will feature a wide variety of visual and dramatic arts, musicians, food vendors, and an open mic!

This is a community event, so entry to the public is totally free!

Artists will have their work available for purchase at the event (such as jewelry, paintings, music CD's, and so on).

If you or someone you know has creative work to display, please contact the organisers through their Facebook Page.

Also, are you a Comedian, Singer, Musician, Band or Poet? Would you like 5-10 minutes to show everyone what you got? Let them know here and they will be happy to put you on the roster! 

For more information, please check out the official event page below. See you there!

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