Federal government announces $156,000 in funding for downtown Dartmouth – Halifax projects


The federal government announced $156,000 in funding to revitalize a gathering space in downtown Dartmouth.

Dartmouth-Cole Harbor Liberal MP Darren Fisher made the announcement Saturday at Alderney Plaza.

Fisher said the funding will support several projects in partnership with the Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission.

“These projects will add to what is already becoming one of the most vibrant downtowns in Nova Scotia, and quite possibly all of Atlantic Canada,” he said.

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Business Commission CEO Tim Rissesco said during the announcement that the development of Alderney Plaza was an ongoing effort and that there was already funding for Develop Nova Scotia to build headquarters. Now they also plan to add a shaded area.

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“It means a lot. One of the things, as a result of COVID, was there weren’t a lot of opportunities for the community to come together,” Rissesco said.

“It provides a place where people can be, and everyone can come here, sit down, have a coffee, or just wait for the bus.”

Alderney Plaza is “a community hub”, said Rissesco, located in a business district, near the ferry terminal, the library and one of the busiest streets in the town centre.

MP Fisher said the announcement included funding provided earlier in the year for projects such as Pull Up on Portland, held in July, which featured BIPOC vendors and performers on Portland Street in the city .

“This funding will also update the holiday decor in downtown Dartmouth,” Fisher said. It will support a holiday light projection set to run through February on the City Hall side, as well as what is promised to be an impressive new Christmas tree.

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New Democrat MP Claudia Chender said the funding came as a result of realizing during COVID-19 that community is at the heart of Dartmouth’s appeal.

“We need spaces to come together,” Chender said.

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She said the efforts of the Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission should be recognized.

“The Business Commission cares as much about the community as it does business. And they understand the interplay of those two things, especially in downtown Dartmouth where we’re blessed with so many vibrant, independent small businesses.

This project, Chender said, demonstrates that commitment.

“I’m very happy for this space,” she told Alderney Plaza.

“With files from Amber Fryday.

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