A pub in the old beach pump house? Maybe.

To council Mon. April 30, 7pm, City Hall

Burlington's beach pump houseThe 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.

The city’s Community Development Committee approved the recommendation last week, which asks city staff report back on the process and timing for issuing a Request for Expressions of Interest to attract a private sector retailer to lease the pump house, to provide additional food and beverage service to visitors to the beach. The process should include recognition of the historic designation of the building, dialogue with neighbours and discussion around the costs associated with any renovations and upgrades to the building.

The recommendation awaits a final vote at the April 30 council meeting, after being approved by the city’s Community Development Committee.

What do you think? Do you support food and beverage service in the pump house? Email your thoughts to me here meedwardm@burlington.ca.

My take: As one of three council members who sit on the waterfront committee, I welcome the addition of appropriate amenties in the beach area, and the preservation of historic buildings. Repurposing this space for food and beverage service can accomplish both.

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