Saturday December 17, 2011

Local News

BIA Has The Gift of Giving

Newly donated recycling bins aren't dumpster diver-friendly

Released by Debbie Biggin, BIA/Voice photos


s part of our ongoing strategic plan for the downtown, the BIA has purchased and donated ten garbage/ recycling bins to the City of Chilliwack as part of its greening initiative.

“Partnering with the City of Chilliwack to install and maintain these new units is greatly appreciated by the BIA” says Director and Chairman of the Urban Design and Greening committee Alvin Bartel.  He adds “it was time to move to a unit that was designed to separate waste from recyclable items and at the same time look aesthetically attractive”.  

This past year the BIA has funded individual businesses under their Façade Improvement program in respect to their exterior building upgrades.  Also, in partnership with the City and Chilliwack Economic Partners, Yale Road East was re-landscaped from Nowell to Five Corners.  The City of Chilliwack also freshened up the lamp posts and ‘Welcome to Downtown’ signs all in support of the Association.

Kathy Funk, Executive Director of the BIA says “I am pleased that the Urban Design committee is focusing on these improvement projects as it is important to our merchants that we continue to support their efforts in attracting customers to their stores”.

In 2012 the BIA has future plans to continue making such improvements and is looking forward to the City of Chilliwack’s downtown task force plan being unveiled shortly. On the BIA’s wish list is new development in the downtown core as well as seeing the empty spaces filled with unique boutiques in keeping with their five year strategic plan.


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