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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Preserving Heritage in Collingwood

Collingwood | by Catherine Thompson  

Standing room only for meeting about changing the storeys allowed for development.

It was a passionate public meeting with standing room only on proposed changes to the rules of Collingwood's heritage district.

The proposed amendments to the Heritage District Conservation Plan pertain specifically to the Admiral Collingwood Place condo development at Hurontario and Hume Streets and the Admiral's Village beside it on the corner of Hume and Ste. Marie Streets.

The changes would allow the Admiral Place project to be six storeys plus a green roof with lounges and other amenities.

The developer of Admiral's Village wants to build four storeys.

The district plan states only three storeys is allowed in the heritage district, downtown.

After presentations by the developers' representatives, it took about an hour and a half for 19 people to speak, most of them against the changes to the Heritage District Conservation Plan.

This includes the youngest to take the podium, CCI Grade 10 student, Julia Filiplic.

She says laws are in place for a reason and the town shouldn't be allowed to just let it slide when it wants.

She says the by-law is in place to attract tourists and keep residents who like the heritage look in town.

President of the Architectural  Conservancy of Ontario, Margaret Mooy agrees.

She says the district plan is well thought out and home owners and other developers have had to live by it, so there has to be equity.

But Mooy says she is okay with the Admiral's Village plan because the top floor is set back from the street and the building is the same height as the town hall, but it won't dwarf it like the Admiral Collingwood Place building will.

Those who spoke for the plans to move forward want to see more people living downtown and therefore shopping in the core so the size of the building is appropriate.


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