Smart and effective incentives for businesses and residents are helping make the city of North Battleford a prime location to invest and live.
As the downtown continues to develop and improve with the addition of major businesses, the City is offering several incentive programs targeting existing businesses and developers.
“The downtown is the city’s resume and ours is great. Our incentives are helping attract the right investments,” says Jennifer Niesink, the City’s director of corporate services.
Owners of eligible properties can qualify for rebates for improving the exteriors of their buildings, bringing an old building up to code, cleaning up contaminated properties, and building medium to high-density units in the area.
“Residents get a revitalized and refreshed downtown when these improvements are completed. Adjacent businesses benefit and, most importantly, the customer benefits,” Niesink says.
One business the City’s incentives helped is the Armoury Brewing Company, named after the historic armoury building that the business owners restored.
“It was an old rundown building in the city that needed significant renovation. A few people took it on and did an incredible refurbishment and turned it into a brewery,” Niesink says.
“It wasn’t zoned to be a brewery, so the City stepped in to help them rezone it. Now it’s a wonderful space.”
North Battleford is also encouraging new housing builds through its residential incentive program in Killdeer and Fairview. Applicable properties receive property tax exemptions for five years. The residential incentive is an excellent opportunity for people to build their dream houses affordably.
“We hope that people take the time to take advantage of our programs and to get in touch with us,” Niesink says.
“If you’re looking to find out what program is right for you, we’re happy to help out with that as well.”
To learn more about the City’s business and development plans, visit www.cityofnb.ca.