Businessperson donates $200,000 to Downtown Plaza

In photo from left to right: Tom Vair, Deputy CAO, Clark McDaniel, Businessperson and CAO of Williams and McDaniel Property Management, Mayor Christian Provenzano, Councillor Sandra Hollingsworth, Ward 1 and Malcolm White CAO City of Sault Ste. Marie.

A pledge on behalf of Clark McDaniel is helping bring Sault Ste. Marie’s Downtown Plaza $200,000 closer to its goal. Mayor Provenzano, Councillor Hollingsworth, CAO White and Deputy CAO, Tom Vair were presented with the $200,000 donation this morning.

“As a businessperson and CEO of Williams and McDaniel Property Management, I see the potential in providing the residents of Sault Ste. Marie with a downtown plaza. A high quality public space can have a significant impact on the life of local economies and attract business investments and tourism. I am pleased to be a part of this exciting initiative and look forward celebrating its completion,” said Clark McDaniel.

The Downtown Plaza will be an extraordinary, four-season showpiece with a public gathering space to celebrate, socialize and have fun. The plaza project is a critical component of the downtown revitalization strategy and an opportunity to enhance the downtown for generations to come.

“I would like to thank Mr. McDaniel for his very generous support to the plaza project, which clearly demonstrates his commitment to good corporate citizenship and to our community,” said Mayor Provenzano. “This project is an important investment in the future of our community and I am grateful that Mr. McDaniel recognizes the potential benefits of the project and the positive impact it could have on the downtown.”

Join the community in supporting this important initiative. Tax receipts are available for individual donations over $25 and a community donation sign is included as a prominent fixture within the plaza. Corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available for the event stage, display screen, play features, equipment services and benches. All features and components included in the plaza address a specific need, audience or seasonal programming element.

For more information and to get involved visit The City of Sault Ste. Marie and its residents are grateful to all its donors for continuing to see good things for our community.


  1. I hope he is not looking for a pat on the back because he is going against the will of the majority of the citizens of the Soo. Why not donate that cash to the startup of building a treatment center than maybe you would get that pat on the back.

  2. The project itself is out of reason without other attractions in the immediate area and i bet the donor will gain financially from city planners in the near future wait and see

  3. It seems that the mayor and his oversized ego wants a brass plaque with his name on it and will do anything and everything to accomplish that no matter what the taxpayers think of the hair brained money wasting idea when there are so many things that are vitally more important. I hope his term is over real soon as the city can’t take any more of his mob boss mentality and outright foolishness.
    p.s. Another poster referred to the bumpy pothole streets as a war zone, he was dead on with that comment.

  4. We already have a gathering place downtown that, quite frankly never gets used. The Roberta Bondar Pavilion. Personally, the Pavilion’s only attribute is a photo on a postcard. But, here we are, spending tax dollars on a downtown plaza that, I hope is a successful venture, but, truthfully, I don’t think that’s going to happen.

    • Not true that the RB Pavilion doesn’t get used. Pre-pandemic, people would gather there once a year on Canada Day. It was wonderful! Poka-Roo would pop up on stage! It was his personal groundhog day!

  5. Still can’t understand the mayor’s need to get this dumb-ass plaza done before he leaves office, other than as a monument to his “leadership”.. 90 percent of the people in the Soo don’t want the money wasted on yjis project, and I’m sure that most of the ones who want it will never go there, at least after dark…Glad he’s not running again…

  6. We took a ride down Queen street this week. Have you noticed all the weeds growing on the sidewalks? It makes our downtown look unkept and dirty. It needs to be sprayed so our beautiful flowers shine even more!

    • Yes this decaying city needs nothing more than all these millions spent on a duplication of services already available! Forget the streets that look like a war zone all over the city . The disgusting site that is the downtown area . The decaying power grid that goes out weekly somewhere in the city ! This project is for Provenzanos ego and what he thinks will be his legacy!

    • Actually no. I’m not originally from and I love this city but I am also a realist.
      A government agency said this plaza wasn’t eligible for funds because almost everything it was offering was already in place nearby, just as many community members have noted. Why is it you and other proponents think that is negative?
      The 8M could be spent improving other parks in the city.
      It’s a waste of money.

    • Actually not negativity but reality. Even a government agency said this plaza wasn’t eligible for funds because almost everything it was offering was already in place nearby, just as many community members have noted. Why is it you and other proponents think that is negative?
      The 8M could be spent improving other parks in the city.
      It’s a waste of money.

  7. They will be building a downtown plaza for the junkies to congregate and sell drugs, shoot up and vegetate. The out of control mayor doesn’t care about the REAL priorities in this
    ever shrinking drug and crime infested town.

  8. They want to build a multi-million dollar plaza in the downtown area. They need to clean up the downtown first. Take a drive along Albert Street. There are some houses that the owners are taking very good care of. There are a lot more though that are literally falling apart. I have driven down Albert Street at night and I am not sure I would want to walk the area. I know people that attend businesses in the downtown during the day that are afraid to walk around. I know more than one senior that have expressed concern about walking from the rear parking lots to a business on Queen and having to walk around people that are obviously under the influence or passed out. As long as the downtown is like that nothing is going to prosper there.

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