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Elgin/Locust project revised

The developers of the Elgin/Locust Street project are further revising their plans after discovering the former “Wiggsville” building has heritage value and should be protected.

The property is on a Municipal Register of heritage assets, but is not officially designated. When the developer came in for a demolition permit, staff reviewed the building and found is has significant heritage value, and recommended designation.

The developer withdrew the demolition permit to work with staff and the Heritage Burlington citizens’ advisory committee to find a way to incorporate the building into the development, possibly on the Locust side, and keep the building as commercial use (which is required on Locust).

My Take: I’m pleased that the developer is revising plans to incorporate this heritage asset, and thankful for staff and the committee for contributing to solutions. I will keep residents updated.

I was inspired to seek public office because I believe, like so many of you, “I can do something about that” on the issues we face. As councilor, my role is to take a stand on what’s best for residents and go to bat for it. Pushback is inevitable from those who don’t have the community’s interests at heart. I will stand with you and for you, to achieve the best interests of our city, without caving to unacceptable compromise in the name of consensus.

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  1. Hurray!!!!! Congratulations to the developer, yourself and all those who respect the heritage of Burlington!!!!!! I couldn’t be happier that this building is being saved.

    To the developer – showcasing this heritage building will be an ASSET to your marketing campaign and a testament to your commitment to keep our Burlington history alive for future generations.

    Marilyn Ansley – long time Burlington resident

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