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Port Hope Welcomes New Downtown Revitalization Coordinator

Port Hope

Michel Bourque has been named Coordinator of Port Hope’s recently announced downtown revitalization program. Mr. Bourque will work closely with the Downtown Revitalization Management Committee (DRMC) to oversee the multi-faceted project aimed at strengthening the community’s business core.

Deputy Mayor Jeff Gilmer, Chair of the Economic Development and Tourism Committee is the Council representative on the DRMC, “Downtown revitalization is a key element of our corporate strategic plan and we are very pleased to welcome Michel to the project and the Municipality. With more than 30 years’ experience as an architect, urban planner, project manager, and graphic designer he brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to what is going to be a very exciting project for our Municipality.”

Mr. Bourque has successfully co-designed, developed, and implemented two downtown revitalization programs for the city of Sherbrooke, Quebec, and was the principal author of a joint Municipal/Provincial report highlighting the advantages of adaptive reuse of old buildings. Directly involved in the design and construction of numerous residential, commercial, and institutional projects, Mr. Bourque has worked on the development of municipal parks, buildings and public spaces. As Coordinator for the revitalization project, he will assist the Downtown Revitalization Management Committee (DRMC) in coordinating all project activities, fostering partnerships among the various stakeholders.

Laurie Carr, Chair of the HBIA represents the organization on the Committee, “The Committee was very impressed with Mr. Bourque’s extensive experience in the planning and development of urban revitalization programs. Having a passion for heritage architecture, a respect for the Jane Jacobs style of urban renewal and a working exposure to downtown revitalization will offer the Downtown Revitalization project the great leadership it will require. We welcome Michel to the team and look forward to working with him.

The Municipality of Port Hope supports the Downtown Revitalization Project with funding from federal, provincial, and local partnerships. Businesses, building owners, community organizations, and residents will work with key partners including the HBIA, Chamber of Commerce, and Architectural Conservancy of Ontario– Port Hope Branch (ACO) to restore and preserving the valuable heritage of our downtown and strengthen its connection with the waterfront.

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For more information, contact

Judy Selvig, Director, Economic Development & Tourism

905.885.241 or jselvig@porthope.ca


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