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Friday, March 15, 2019

Rectory A Step Closer To Demolition

Southampton | by John Divinski  

Power to the building in Southampton has been cut off and the hydro meter removed.

The former Anglican Church Rectory in Southampton could be a step closer to demolition.

Power to the building, near the Bruce County Museum, has been cut off with the hydro meter removed, which would have to be done before any demolition proceeds.

During a presentation to Saugeen Shores councillors on March 11th, Southampton resident Charles Hazell--an architect by trade--says a planned museum archives building and the Manse could co-exist on the property.

He says, "To take a building like this (the rectory) without a plan in mind and to say it should be demolished for the sake of wrecking it.....it's an outrage."

Hazell says he expects concerned citizens to step up to try to stop the demolition.

Many supporters in the council chamber, during his presentation, say they are ready to be armed with placards to picket the area in the future.

Meanwhile, Mayor Luke Charbonneau, who is also Chair of the Bruce County Museum Committee, is sticking to his guns with the decision that the rectory must go.

Charbonneau says the space is going to be used to fulfill more than just the archives needs for the county.

He says in the weeks head, the museum committee will get a report on what the uses of the land should be.

The Mayor says he would like to see Bruce Power reconsider the site for the future home of the Nuclear Innovation Institute.

You may recall Bruce Power backed away from the site, because of community backlash to the location for the institute.

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