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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Heritage Reconstructions Go Ahead

Goderich | by Rick Stow  

What's old is new as plans approved for replica building for downtown Goderich.

The tragedy of the August tornado continues to be a good news-bad news scenario when it comes to preserving the Heritage Precinct in Goderich.

A number of landmark buildings, including the 1866 Opera House have been removed, while others are undergoing the tear-down process.

At Goderich Town Council's November 14th meeting, Councillor Kevin Morrison was the bearer of good news -- the Coffee Culture building on the Square will be replicated to its original plan by owner Ostbek Developments.

Morrison says the interior of the structure will be modified to allow for construction of additional apartments on the building's second and third floors-- a move he says is also good news, as it preserves the residential aspect of life on the Square.

Morrison tells us that a second structure, West Coast Kitchens, expects to be operational in the Spring-- with minor modifications.

He says the Heritage Committee has recruited an new ally -- Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson.

Thompson surveyed the damage with Committee members in early November.

Morrison says the MPP was upset that some of the red tape involved with inspections meant that a number of structures sustained water damage in the days following the storm, rendering them beyond repair.

He says she has promised to address the issue in the legislature.


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