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DBA to expand boundaries, include Davidson Courtyard

BY: AMY HOGUE

The Downtown Business Association (DBA) is seeking an expansion of its boundaries to include Davidson Courtyard.

Tracey Pankow, Chair of the DBA, addressed council at a COW meeting on May 25, to explain the reasons behind the request, and the impact it will have on the DBA.

Pankow said when the DBA was formed, the owner of the courtyard requested they be excluded from the DBA, but that the DBA already serviced Russell Street from Beckwith Street. to Maple Street.  When the DBA has special events Davidson Courtyard is currently excluded.

According to Pankow, it was the property owner of Davidson’s Courtyard, Rob Peters, who requested the inclusion into the DBA boundary.  By becoming part of the DBA, Peters will be subject to an additional levy that Pankow said will cost roughly $550 annually over and above the existing tax assessment.

Councillor John Maloney pointed out the property is currently for sale, an issue Pankow said doesn’t change the request.

“Even if it does sell, it is beneficial for whoever buys the property to be part of the DBA,” Pankow pointed out, “There is more opportunity to attract businesses there if they’re part of the DBA.”

One of the DBA fall events, Girls Night Out, is an annual fall event which draws approximately 150 shoppers to downtown Smiths Falls and generates roughly $6,000 revenue downtown.  Councillor Lorraine Allen said she finds it a shame for the courtyard, which has a number of businesses that might benefit from the event, to be excluded from that event, and others.

“It’s right in the heart of our town,” Allen said. “It seems like a natural linkage.”

Councillor Dawn Quinn, who owns a business in the courtyard, said the businesses there “have been waiting patiently for this to happen.”

Pankow asked if given the approaching Girls Night Out event in September, the process could be moved forward as quickly as possible to allow the courtyard businesses to participate in the event.

Director of Corporate Services, Kerry Costello, told council the process will likely be ongoing through the summer months. A notice will need to be distributed to the DBA Board of Directors, the DBA membership and the property owner and businesses in the Davidson Courtyard, who will then need to provide information to the clerk.  Costello said the notice will be distributed through the mail, the newspaper, social media and the website.

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DBA to expand boundaries, include Davidson Courtyard

BY: AMY HOGUE

The Downtown Business Association (DBA) is seeking an expansion of its boundaries to include Davidson Courtyard.

Tracey Pankow, Chair of the DBA, addressed council at a COW meeting on May 25, to explain the reasons behind the request, and the impact it will have on the DBA.

Pankow said when the DBA was formed, the owner of the courtyard requested they be excluded from the DBA, but that the DBA already serviced Russell Street from Beckwith Street. to Maple Street.  When the DBA has special events Davidson Courtyard is currently excluded.

According to Pankow, it was the property owner of Davidson’s Courtyard, Rob Peters, who requested the inclusion into the DBA boundary.  By becoming part of the DBA, Peters will be subject to an additional levy that Pankow said will cost roughly $550 annually over and above the existing tax assessment.

Councillor John Maloney pointed out the property is currently for sale, an issue Pankow said doesn’t change the request.

“Even if it does sell, it is beneficial for whoever buys the property to be part of the DBA,” Pankow pointed out, “There is more opportunity to attract businesses there if they’re part of the DBA.”

One of the DBA fall events, Girls Night Out, is an annual fall event which draws approximately 150 shoppers to downtown Smiths Falls and generates roughly $6,000 revenue downtown.  Councillor Lorraine Allen said she finds it a shame for the courtyard, which has a number of businesses that might benefit from the event, to be excluded from that event, and others.

“It’s right in the heart of our town,” Allen said. “It seems like a natural linkage.”

Councillor Dawn Quinn, who owns a business in the courtyard, said the businesses there “have been waiting patiently for this to happen.”

Pankow asked if given the approaching Girls Night Out event in September, the process could be moved forward as quickly as possible to allow the courtyard businesses to participate in the event.

Director of Corporate Services, Kerry Costello, told council the process will likely be ongoing through the summer months. A notice will need to be distributed to the DBA Board of Directors, the DBA membership and the property owner and businesses in the Davidson Courtyard, who will then need to provide information to the clerk.  Costello said the notice will be distributed through the mail, the newspaper, social media and the website.

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