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UPDATE: North Okanagan communities cash in on funding

Coldstream, Spallumcheen each receive more than $230,000 for infrastructure projects, Armstrong plan supported
The District of Coldstream and Township of Spallumcheen have each received significant federal fundingfrom the Canada Community Building Fund for infrastructure projects. (Morning Star - file photo)

Three North Okanagan communities are gaining significant funding investments.

Coldstream and Spallumcheen will share in a federal investment of more than $103.5 million for 45 community infrastructure projects.

Coldstream will collect $250,000 for Integrated Asset Management and Climate Change Planning for Sustainable Service Delivery.

Spallumcheen gets $231,478 for its water system infrastructure upgrades.

Meanwhile the Comprehensive Armstrong Revitalization Project has been chosen for funding B.C.’s Rural Economic Diversification and Infrastructure Program (REDIP).

This funding will allow the city to reimagine the main corridor, from Smith Drive, along Pleasant Valley Road/Boulevard to the new City Hall, and consider improvements to make Armstrong more attractive to businesses and residents, prepare for the arrival of the Rail Trail and be more inclusive and welcoming to all.

“This is a great opportunity to build on previous work and bring focus to improving the way our downtowns look and function” said mayor Joe Cramer. “The funding from the province’s REDIP grant gives us the resources to talk to our community and build a plan that reflects our needs.”

The project involves the creation of a Revitalization Plan that includes pulling together all the previous studies, integrating the Rail Trail connection, wayfinding and signage development designing active transportation routes, landscaping upgrades and road improvements.

The funding also allows Armstrong to secure a consultant and a two-year project coordinator who will help develop the process and timing for the project, including the community conversations.

Funding for construction is not within the scope of this project and will be considered through city budget and grant application processes.

It is anticipated that this planning project will be initiated in May 2023.

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