City to host info session on Steveston heritage grant program

Seventeen buildings in Steveston Village are eligible for a heritage conservation grant program.

The program, Steveston Village Heritage Conservation Grant (SVHCG), was established by the City of Richmond to help cover the costs that property owners face when restoring or conserving the exterior of their building.

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The program is designed for buildings identified as heritage structures in the Steveston Area Plan. This includes multiple buildings along Moncton Street, as well as buildings in the surrounding area of Third Avenue, Chatham Street, and No. 1 Road.   

The grants only apply to the building’s facades, roofs as well as structural upgrades, not interior work, on-going maintenance, or renovations or upgrades.

The maximum grant is $150,000 per identified heritage building, and may not exceed 50 per cent of the total restoration expenses — so buildings with expenses of $300,000 or more would be eligible to apply.  

However, there is an additional maximum grant of $100,000 available per heritage building to help achieve exceptional conservation — a complete and comprehensive restoration —, based on the building’s overall contribution to “conserving the character of Steveston Village,” according to a report released by the city. 

This means that the total maximum grant for a Steveston heritage building is $250,000.

The city is hosting a public information session on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Steveston Community Centre.

The report on the grant, as well as application forms, can be found at bit.ly/2mDKFdw

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