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Public consultation on Wellington Main property

Wellington-MainThe public is invited to share opinions on the fate of the County’s downtown Wellington property at the corner of Main and Wharf streets.

The municipality purchased the former convenience store and pizza parlour in August to realign Lane Creek, which passes underneath, at a reduced project cost than estimated to re-route the creek.

The original plan for the structure to be demolished to create a parking lot or parkette was delayed to consult with the public on potential uses/functions for the building and the property.

Nearby residents and businesses owners do not agree on uses so far – some wanting the buildings down before they become homes for rodents and become fire hazards; others don’t want to see a hole along the commercial strip. The Wellington District Business Association wants the buildings replaced if they can’t be restored.

“There are many factors at play with a property like this,” said Peter Moyer, the County’s Director of Development Services. “The purpose of this consultation is to make sure we explore all opportunities and present council with options that consider the community’s priorities and vision, in addition to engineering and cost realities.”

To inform the discussion, the session will include a presentation of current information about the building and the site. Attendees will be invited to participate in small group discussions about the community’s priorities, desired amenities and functions of the downtown space, which is to help inform staff for recommendations to council in early 2016.

Wellington residents and County staff will serve as facilitators for the session and planning and heritage consultants have also been brought into the process.

“It is important that residents help to shape the future of their downtown,” said Mike Harper, Wellington resident and facilitator. “I’m excited to have been asked to work with the County’s team to plan this important community consultation process.”

“I’m certainly looking forward to learning more about the visions residents have for their community,” said Mayor Robert Quaiff. “Taking time to consult with Wellington residents will only improve our decision-making ability and the eventual outcomes of this process while also informing about future development in Wellington’s downtown core.”

The consultation session is set for Dec. 9, 6-9pm at the Wellington Community Centre.

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  1. Chuck says:

    It would save a lot of time, effort and expense if they just got the Ameliasburgh Trio’s take on it first.

  2. Emily says:

    And we all know how much value and importance the “community consultation process” has when received by this Council.

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