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Niverville focuses on Main Street upgrades

By: Dave Baxter

Posted: 01/13/2018 11:53 AM

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A Niverville councillor says he believes if the town of Niverville is going to continue to grow and prosper, they must start looking at ways to improve and beautify the town’s main street.

"Currently when somebody approaches Niverville the first thing they see is a little bit of commercial, a little bit of industry followed by cemeteries and schools, and then into the business section," Niverville councillor Nathan Dueck said.

"Our goal for Main Street as Niverville grows is to create a more continuous flow through it, so it seems like you are driving into and through a nice small town."

Redevelopment of Niverville’s Main Street is one of several issues that will now be studied by the town’s new business development committee, which was officially formed at a Niverville council meeting on Tuesday morning.

The committee will be made up of Niverville Chamber of Commerce president Mel Buhler and the chamber’s executive director Dawn Harris, as well as Niverville councillor Chris Wiebe and Niverville Economic Development Officer Eric King.

"We want to beautify the street and create more ways for people to walk between the buildings, because if there is a big gap between businesses there is less chance people are going to want to walk it rather than drive it," Dueck said.

"We can look at options like planting trees, putting in proper roadways, closing off certain roadways, or looking at the whole overall concept of Main Street whether it is creating roundabouts, boulevards or bike paths," Dueck said.

Dueck added that along with Main Street redevelopment the new committee will also focus on the growth of Niverville’s manufacturing and industry, and other issues such as ways to boost tourism and ways to get hotels to set up shop in Niverville.

The committee also hopes to set up a business mentor program that would assist new entrepreneurs looking to set up businesses in the community.

Niverville Chamber of Commerce president Mel Buhler said he agrees that Main Street redevelopment should be a focus of the brand new committee that he will now sit on.

"We are thrilled by the idea of making changes to Main Street," Buhler said. "It’s been a goal of both the chamber and council for years."

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