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One of a kind heritage program in the West

By Monique Massiah municipality’s architectural and cultural identity. C

The Maple Creek Heritage Conservation Incentive Program was created by the municipality to support the preservation and restoration of historic facilities.

The initiative is also geared towards the overall improvement of the town’s downtown core, boosting economic development and the preservation of the Maple Creek’s character. The program was the first venture of its kind to be adopted by a town in Saskatchewan and the first in the province outside of Regina and Saskatoon.

“We are probably one of the only, if not the only heritage conservation incentive programs for a community our size in Western Canada,” said Royce Pettyjohn, Main Street Program co-ordinator and Town of Maple Creek economic development officer.

“One of the objectives of developing the Heritage Conservation Incentive Program was to help property owners and potential new business developers to rehabilitate their buildings and take advantage of the Main Street Program,” said Pettyjohn. “Although the

onstruction is popping up all around the Town of Maple Creek lately and a one of a kind program aims to identify and help preserve the

Main Street Program does provide 50 per cent of the funding for facade rehabilitation, for some property owners the scope of what needs to be done to the heritage buildings was far greater than a little bit of work to the facade.”

The program was developed in conjunction with the town’s successful participation in The Main Street Program and briefly after viewing what other jurisdictions were doing for heritage conservation.

“The Saskatchewan Heritage Resources branch was able to provide us with examples of the two programs that exist in other jurisdictions in Saskatchewan which are Saskatoon and Regina,” said Pettyjohn. “Through the Main Street Program, we were able to get into contact with the Heritage Canada Foundation.”

The organization provided the local advisory committee with examples of other communities across the country that have employed similar incentives.

The Maple Creek Heritage District spans the 100 blocks of Maple, Jasper and Harder Street, sections of Pacific Avenue between Maple, Jasper and Harder Street, the 200 block of Jasper Street and the 300 block of Jasper Street south to the Jasper Street School Building.

Main Street in Maple Creek is looking good these days due to the hard work of many of its citizens.

One of the many landmarks in Maple Creek includes the Jasper Hotel and the Commercial Hotel.

Photos by Monique Massiah 8 SOUTHWEST PROGRESS REPORT 2013

Royce Pettyjohn: Royce Pettyjohn, the Main Street Program co-ordinator and Town of Maple Creek economic development officer, is helping to lead one of the few heritage conservation programs for a community of Maple Creek’s size in Canada.

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