NS Council Sees Uptick in Downtown Interest

After 75 years, the iconic Vic’s Dairy Crème will come down, but not for long. Sadie Jane’s ice cream will replace the business. Linda Porter plans to have the new shop open in time for Spring Festival. RD Keep photo.

Several years ago with the inception of the 1-cent sales tax the New Sharon Recreation and Economic Development Fund was established. Over the years applicants for grants and loans have been sparse. The fund has only been used a few times per year. Wednesday, three possible applicants came forward with requests.

Mayor Dustin Hite stated there was approximately $700,000 available in the fund the council oversees. He added that most of the applicants have been for signs for their businesses, but stressed that money could not be used to repair streets or other items.

Sonia Mason has purchased a building and plans to move her business Muchness downtown. According to information at the meeting the total project will cost approximately $68,000. She requested a loan for $25,000 and a grant for $9,000. The council approved both and set the interest rate on the loan at 3.5 percent as suggested by councilor Keri Lamberson.

Linda Porter, who is in the process of purchasing the longtime operating Vic’s Ice Cream, asked and received a grant for $47,700. Porter said she has invested $150,000 cash into the venture. Porter plans to remove the current structure and move it back from the street to make for a safer location.

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