Main Street set for fresh coat of paint

A stretch of Main Street should be getting a fresh coat of paint just in time for the opening of Penticton’s downtown markets, according to a spokesperson from Benjamin Moore.

Leon Bustin is in town to help determine what part of Main Street will be receiving the paint makeover Penticton won as one of the top 20 communities in Benjamin Moore’s Paint What Matters contest last year.

“Main streets all across North America have been neglected,” said Bustin. “We thought what better way to give back than to help revitalize the area where most of our customers do business with their customers.”

Bustin said it was a near thing for Penticton to win the contest, which required people to vote for their favourite city.

“We selected the top 20 towns across North America with the most votes,” he said. “By the way, Kamloops was very close to you. Good job.”

Benjamin Moore will provide all necessary paint, stain and supplies for façades, porches, railings, shutters and other exterior building trims to refresh a block of Main Street.

Bustin told council Monday that they are still in the pre-planning stages, and the scope of the work is being decided, but the current plan is to do the makeover on the 400 block of Main Street, from Padmore to Wade Avenue.

Bustin said Benjamin Moore estimated one or two blocks depending on how much work needs to be done, adding they will be using local contractors to do the work.

“Our main goal is to support local and that includes where the work is being done,” he said. “We have a tentative specifications in place and are currently sourcing for local contractors.”

The next step, according to Bustin, is to see where the bids come in so they can determine the final scope of the project, in terms of how far they are going to paint and getting everyone on board in the selected area.

“We are reviewing the colour palette with the landowners and getting them to sign off, allowing us to do the work so it is not vandalism.”

Weather might interfere, but Bustin said they have tentatively scheduled April 21 as the date for work to begin. It should take three to four weeks to complete.

Bustin said they are working closely with the Downtown Penticton Association and the local owners of the Benjamin Moore franchise, Tracy and John Kelly.


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