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WHISTLE STOP DINER OPEN WITH MODERN DESIGN AND CLASSIC FOOD Whistle Stop Diner, and its sister business, Whistle Stop To Go, located at 77 Mill St. East at Elgin St. in Acton recently completed a large construction project in 2019. The restaurant located near the Acton GO Train station, received a façade update and refurbishment of the interior retail “to go” area; construction that was funded in part by the Town of Halton Hills’ Community Improvement Plan (CIP). Whistle Stop is two businesses in one - a modern, sit-in diner and a retail store for take-out meals and snacks. The business opened in July. The owner took special care to design the facade with a modern and clean image – a contemporary style that is reflective of the interior. Façade project elements included power washing the existing ground level stone, painting the upper level brick in a neutral and complementary colour, and installing modern signage. Inside, the entire ground level was gutted and completely refurbished with new plumbing, electrical and HVAC, while modern and neutral flooring, finishes and furniture were installed. The company’s investment in the building exceeded $350,000. "I wanted to take my time and do a really good job on a premise that was vacant for some time. The Town helped me through every step of the process and made the application and reporting easy. The grant provided by the Town is greatly appreciated,” said business owner Kevin Kim. “I’m so pleased that the CIP program was used to give new life to an old building,” said Mayor Rick Bonnette. “Providing financial incentives through the Town’s CIP program revitalizes businesses and I can attest to the fact that the Whistle Stop Diner looks great inside and out and has a delicious menu full of classic comfort food and coffee that rivals the big chains.” Whistle Stop owner Kevin Kim (centre) receives a CIP cheque from Mayor Bonnette, while Councillors Mike Albano, Clark Somerville and John Hurst from Ward 1 join in. Total private and Town investment as a result of the CIP program has now exceeded $1,200,000. The CIP benefits Halton Hills by increasing property values, attracting additional private sector investment, fast-tracking the redevelopment of underutilized properties, supporting local jobs, and providing a return on the Town’s initial investment. CIP applications are accepted year-round, subject to eligibility and available funding. For more information, contact the Town’s Economic Development Office at 905-873-2601 ext. 2353 or investhaltonhills.


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