© Star photo by Gary Kean
The parking lots in front of these businesses and residences on West Street are a lot tidier and more roomy after the neighbours collaborated on a beautification project.
A collaborative effort from four neighbouring property owners has not only prettied up a section of West Street, but has also opened up more badly needed parking space.
Brenda Lee, owner of The Orchid flower shop, had already done some extensive work on the interior of two condominium units in the upstairs of the building she owns on the street. When she decided to also do some beautification of the exterior, including paving the parking lot, Lee figured it might be a great opportunity for some of her neighbours to join in and get their properties done for a bit of a bargain.
“When people are doing major jobs like this, it’s usually the bigger property that spearheads it,” said Lee. “Then it becomes a little easier for the others to come onside with joining in.”
Lee’s fellow property owners — Peter Ollerhead, owner of Brewed Awakening and Cycle Solutions; Justin Daniels, who owns Our Pleasure; and Don Miller, who owns a residential building in the area — were all agreeable to being part of making the entire area nicer to look at and more practical to use.
When she bought her property, Lee said there were four parking spaces out front. With this work, she figures there are now six spaces out front and six (more including her private space) at the rear of the buildings.
“We’re going to get together and make a diagram of the whole lot and then see how many parking spaces we can create there,” she said.
There was a financial incentive too. Lee managed to get a tax break from the City of Corner Brook for creating some much-needed parking space in the downtown core. The deal is that the tax break would be equal to half of the project’s costs, with a cap at $10,000. Lee said the maximum advantage was taken on that benefit as they went “well over spending $20,000.”
The work entails more than just putting down pavement and marking out spaces to park vehicles. At the rear of the building, a fence has been erected on the boundary with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 13’s property and landscaping is being done to add a little paradise to the parking lot.