Uptowne Olds Accredited Under Alberta Main Street Program

After 6 years of hard work, Uptowne Olds meets the program's 10 standards of performance and a heritage inventory was completed to determine which areas of the town are historic.

The Town of Olds is one of only 3 communities in the province to receive accreditation from Alberta's Main Street Program.

This has been 6 years in the making and means that Uptowne Olds is officially recognized as a historic commercial district.

Matthew Francis, Manager of Municipal Heritage Services with Alberta Culture and Community Services, talks about the benefits to becoming accredited under the program.

Francis says that the best way to conserve a historic building is to find a use for it, and that making use of a building that already exists contributes to environmental sustainability.

Some designated historic buildings in Olds are now eligible for up to $50 000 a year for approved conservation work under this program.

Leon Durand, Chair of Uptowne Olds, says they have a duty to maintain the town's heritage.

Community input is still being gathered on how to revitalize Uptowne Olds.

The public is welcome to attend their meetings, which are held on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30PM at the town office.

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