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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Positive Contact Centre Meeting

Collingwood | by Bayshore News Staff  

Residents pleased with proposed plan for residential development in Collingwood.

The public is pleased with the proposed plan for residential development of the former Contact Centre and Connaught school in Collingwood.

At a public meeting on Monday night -- five members of the public spoke in favour of the plan and commended the young developer's commitment to the heritage site.

The plan proposes construction of four brand new single family dwellings on the corners of the property.

The developer also wants to put one large apartment on each floor of the existing building and put on an addition for two more apartments.

Speakers included President of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, Margaret Mooy, and head of the community group created to protect the history of the former Connaught school, Annette Snowdon.

Mooy said she was impressed at how this project demonstrated respect for the town and the site, and called it a great example of how many groups can work together to benefit the community.

Owner and developer of the property, Greg Knight, feels the unique historical aspects of the project was one of the main reasons for his initial interest in the property.

Knight thanked the community for all of their input on the Connaught project, and feels the project would never have been the same without it.

Knight plans to restore the building to its original 1894 school yard design and will pay homage to its history by naming the property "the Duke of Connaught".

Knight says he hopes construction will be completed by late 2012.


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