WHAT’S GOING ON HERE? Literacy council storefront in Alliston getting facelift, accessibility upgrade

The façade of the office in downtown Alliston is getting a major overhaul.


• The improvement project, which is valued at more than $30,000, will bring a brand-new look to the exterior of the historic building with the addition of new lighting, signage and other upgrades. “We were very pleased that when we removed the siding, the original crown moulding was underneath, and the original brick under the stone facade was in decent shape,” noted executive director Shira Harrison McIntyre. “By restoring the original character of the building, we anticipate a positive effect on the streetscape and a more welcoming entrance for the public.”

• The project has been approved for a Community Improvement Plan grant from the town, but the final cost won’t be known until the project nears completion.

• The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development is also chipping in $8,575 to make the entrance accessible. This will be done by creating a wider entrance, a new door with an automatic opening button and a ramp.

• A local contractor, Silvercrest Construction, is performing the work.

• The organization remains open during the duration of the construction project.

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