This partnership between the City and the DVBA will provide financial support for blocks looking to improve the overall look and feel of business properties. To participate, a block must submit a Block Improvement Plan, with at least 50% of businesses (or property owners on behalf of their tenants) in support. Each block is eligible for a total reimbursement of up to $10,000 (representing 50% of the costs of approved work).
Participating blocks must be within the area designated by the City for the program. This area is bounded by Discovery Street to the north, Blanshard Street to the east, Belleville Street to the south, and the harbour to the west. A block is defined as one side of a city street, between two intersections.
Up to 50% of a participating business’ eligible expenses (up to $10,000 total per block) will be reimbursed by funds provided jointly by the DVBA and the City of Victoria. (If a business has been or will be receiving payment from insurance coverage, overlap will be managed so that funds for the same expenses will not be reimbursed by both insurance and this program).
Eligible expenses that can be included in a Block Improvement Plan are:
- Exterior building surface treatments to include siding, moulding, trim, paint
- Upgraded exterior lighting features
- Exterior awnings – cleaning or replacement
- Permanent landscaping
- Bird deterrent features
- Exterior cleaning (e.g., hiring a professional company to power wash or scrub walls, windows, doors, awnings, etc.)
Each business and/or property owner is responsible for acquiring all necessary building permits and approvals before executing the Block Improvement Plan on their building. If the building is a designated Heritage Building, City design approval is needed for proposed work.
If you are interested in proceeding with façade beautification for your block, please contact Madison Sutcliffe, DVBA Member Engagement Coordinator, at email@example.com to build a Block Improvement Plan.