Calling All Artists ! Deadline extended to March 24, 2014 Would you like to be a part of Heritage Burlington’s first ever Burlington colouring book? We are calling all artists and Burlington residents to create a line art drawing to be included in a Burlington colouring book. This original art work should reflect an image(…)
Submitted by Mark Gillies Hello Friends of Freeman Station, Freeman Station was a very popular attraction at two recent show events. The top photograph is Mark Gillies (L) and Brian Aasgaard (R), 2 Friends of Freeman Station who volunteered to man the booth at the Ancaster Model Train Show held at the Ancaster Fairgrounds on(…)
Mr. Bullock received his lifetime membership for his invaluable first hand recollections of his personal use of Freeman Station over many decades, as well as that of the Bullock family who were among the original market garden farmers in the Aldershot & Freeman communities. Mr. Bullock who is 91 years old was born and raised(…)
Close to 100 residents attended a public workshop Feb. 10 to explore the potential of creating a Heritage Conservation District on the Mount Nemo Plateau. A preliminary study of Mount Nemo by Heritage Consultant Andre Scheinman found that the area had the potential to be a heritage district for both its landscape features (lot patterns,(…)
Would you like to be a part of Heritage Burlington’s first ever Burlington colouring book? Heritage Burlington, a citizen advisory committee to Council of the City of Burlington, is challenging Burlington residents to create a line art drawing to be included in Burlington colouring book. This original art work should reflect an image of Burlington(…)
Friends of Freeman Station, the volunteer citizens group that is leading efforts to restore and reopen the historic Burlington train station, are seeking donations (cash, goods or services) to build the basement under the station (estimated at $30,000). Eligible for charitable tax receipt.
When our family took a two week holiday this summer along the coast of California from San Francisco to Los Angeles and back through Yosemite Valley, I expected to be wowed by great urban centres and spectacular nature. What I didn’t expect was a lesson in community building.
This area is home to soaring cliffs, oceanfronts, waterfalls, mountain meadows and some of the biggest trees in the world. It’s also where I spent my earliest years.
My father worked for a time as a park ranger in Yosemite National Park and our family lived in the park. I recall being “homeschooled” in the front of a camper with flashcards as we ascended dirt switchback roads to get to our cabin (occasionally getting out for own own safety when the road was particularly steep and narrow). My mom remembers asking what I’d like to learn first. My response, “Well I don’t know anything yet it doesn’t matter where we start.” My family would remind me of that in later years as we debated issues across the dinner table.
In retrospect, when you’re motivated to learn, create, build, preserve, it truly doesn’t matter where you start – so long as you do start.
Heritage Burlington has completed a review of the three historic properties in Village Square, and concluded that they all have historic value worthy of heritage designation.
The properties are:
- 416 Pearl Street “The Inglehart House – Mitchell Dairy”
- 415/417 Elizabeth Street “The Stinson –Morrine House”
- 423 Elizabeth Street “The Bastedo – Redmond – John Kenter House
Village Square is a unique historic pocket in the downtown that is worth preserving, especially as the blocks around it are developed with modern buildings. I have and continue to meet with the current owners and prospective purchasers to convey the community’s interest in preserving Village Square, and share the results of the heritage studies.
Freeman Station: The little train station that almost wasn’t becomes the little train station that could
There’s a saying in political circles: “Never let a crisis go to waste.” When the motive is community building, crisis becomes opportunity. There’s no question that three years ago, the Freeman Station was in crisis. There’s also no doubting that the community has stepped up to turn this crisis into an opportunity to preserve Burlington’s(…)
Thanks to the members of the Burlington Waterfront Committee (formerly the Waterfront Access & Protection Advisory Committee) for spearheading this initiative
The Friends of Freeman Station are hoping to move the historic train station to a new home in April, on land provided by Ashland-Hercules on Fairview Street, just east of the fire station.
The recommendations will provide a service to heritage property owners, rather than a penalty for being on a municipal registry.
Congratulations to the Friends for obtaining the land lease and moving ahead with the relocation and restoration plans.
The Village Square property at Pine, Elizabeth and Pearl streets in downtown Burlington has been offered for sale for as a “significant residential development” opportunity, or alternatively as a “repositioning opportunity” that would retain and capitalize on the historic town square feel and unique shops here. If some or all of the site is redeveloped,(…)
The Waterfront Citizen’s Advisory Committee has recommended that the city explore a future commercial use for the old pump house on the beach strip, for example a coffee house or pub.
There will be multiple opportunities for public input as the recommendations are being developed, including online feedback and a public meeting the evening of April 25 (time and place to be announced. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up to receive regular electronic updates and opportunities to provide your input.
I believe the government has a role to play in heritage preservation, but believe there needs to be more clarity, transparency, and input from residents on that role.
The ad hoc citizen’s committee struck to save the historic Freeman Station has achieved a significant milestone. The group has been formally incorporated through the Ontario Historical Society as the Friends of Freeman Station with a board, bylaws and constitution.
Historic Freeman Station is safe from the wrecking ball – for now. Council unanimously supported my staff direction in January to put the demolition on hold to allow councillor Blair Lancaster and myself to form an ad hoc citizen’s committee to find a location, use and funding.
The committee cannot consider any locations previously voted on by council (Spencer Smith Park, Ireland House grounds and behind the Burlington Art Centre), and must find independent funding. The city has previously committed to paying relocation fees, which are about the same as the what the city would have to pay to demolish the station.
Already, many residents have stepped forward to get involved, pledging time, skills and money to the project.