(Bottom) Tillsonburg Dental Centre (Drs. Ort, Bamford, Puente and Bossy) will be an anchor tenant in the extensively renovated Lisgar Heights Plaza. department or stop by the Tillsonburg Customer Service Centre located at 10 Lisgar Ave. To apply for the Facade Improvement Grant Program, contact the Town of Tillsonburg Building Services rate heritage design elements back into their properties,” says Tomico. “Things like gooseneck lighting and window mullions, for instance. They’re little details that cost a bit more but add charm and character to the streetscape.” While there’s still more work to be done, Closs is convinced the town is on the right track. “Tillsonburg’s downtown is in- credibly vibrant relative to other communities,” says Closs. “And be- lieve me, I’ve lived in a lot of places. What you have here is amazing.”

cal potters, painters and photogra- phers. “Good things are definitely hap- pening in Tillsonburg right now,” says Carrianne. “As a business owner, I feel really hopeful about the future.” No doubt one of the most wel- come changes to the downtown area has been the addition of the Facade Improvement Grant Program. “Basically, we’ve been working with the Town of Tillsonburg to pro- vide grants to business and property owners to improve the front of their premises,” explains Cedric Tomico, BIA president. To date, 16 properties have ben- efited from the program. “It’s been exciting to see so much restoration work happening in the downtown core,” adds Armstrong, noting that more than $176,000 in grant money has been awarded since the program began. “The facade program provides an incentive for businesses to incorpo-

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