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Business exterior building design should fit Picton’s heritage image

LCBO is rumoured to have plans for a new store in Picton. Supposedly it will be located on the existing corner with an expanded property. Good idea in my opinion.

My concern is that the exterior design must fit Picton’s Heritage image. The new stores that LCBO have recently built are not worthy of that iconic corner. Consider Rossmore, the existing LCBO store cultural concept is preferable to the replacement store nearing completion.

Citizens should not accept a chain store look. We should demand a design of “The Edward Building” caliber which fits with Picton’s Heritage image.

Picton needs a facade that is consistent with how we are marketing ourselves. In my view it is just as important as traffic flow and other obvious planning issues.

My heritage comments regarding façade design concept should also be applied to the new “Shoppers Drug Mart” if and when it becomes a reality.

Hopefully you agree that the best time to begin the heritage process is at the design phase. Now is a wonderful opportunity to have input; ideally before LCBO sends the construction contract out for bid. I am confident that armed with strong approval of municipal council; an approach to the LCBO design team would be favourly received.

Please contact your council member and/or the Heritage Committee to get this matter on the PEC Council Agenda ASAP.

Ray Hobson, Picton

 

 

 

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