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Monday, February 21, 2011

Celebrating Heritage Week

Collingwood | by Phil Birchard  

Older buildings are getting a little extra love, with heritage week beginning today.

Older buildings are getting a little extra love in the next few days, with heritage week beginning today in Ontario.

Richard Lex --  who restored the Tremont Hotel with his wife Anke -- says Collingwood has a great heritage committee in town, and they've done a lot of work to bring in good heritage rules.

Richard and Anke Lex were awarded at Collingwood's last council meeting for restoring the former Tremont Hotel on Simcoe Street, behind the library.

The Tremont was originally built in 1889 as a 24 room hotel and is now home to an art school, artist studios, four apartments and a cafe.

The couple also received the Peter Stokes Award For Restoration in November.

Lex says the committee has just passed a major restoration bylaw that will make sure heritage properties in Collingwood are maintained.

He says the bylaw gives tax incentives to develop derelict properties.

And Lex also tells us there is a 10 percent property tax rebate inside the heritage district, if the heritage building is maintained.

He also tells us that there is an exhibit at the Tremont right now, showing the history of all the hotels in Collingwood -- with the most hotels existing in the 1800's.

Awards also go to 252 Hurontario Street, which is the former Ditson House, and 225 Pine Street, a circa 1880 building, that had been decaying and was an eyesore on the street until Penny and Ray Jones fixed it up.


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