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$260k raised for Freeman Station: halfway toward goal

The Friends of Freeman Station is a group of volunteers dedicated to restoring the historic Freeman train station. According to information in the group’s recent newsletter, FOFS has raised about $260,000, which represents about 50% of the estimated cost to restore the station and make it a viable asset to our community.

The following is summary of budget expenditures to date:

  • Construction materials, including lumber, paint, hardware, tools….. 11%
  • Preparing building prior to move and the move…. 25%
  • New Roof ….4%
  • Hydro Installation……3%
  • Removal of Hazardous materials….4%
  • Grading Excavation and back fill …23%
  • Basement (foundation)….17%
  • Publicity and public relations, including Web site, email  services, postage, bank charges, permits, insurance etc…..3%
  • Storage rental…..2%
  • Acquisition of artifacts…..8%

Our organization is 100% unpaid volunteers.

Can you help? Make a donation, become a FOFS member, or volunteer some sweat equity. Visit their webpage to find out how:

Friends of Freeman Station

Marianne Meed Ward

A Better Burlington began in 2006 after my neighbours said they felt left out of city decisions, learning about them only after they’d been made. As journalist for 22 years, I thought “I can do something about that” and a website and newsletter were born. They’ve taken various forms and names over the years, but the intent remains: To let you know what’s happening at City Hall before decisions are made, so you can influence outcomes for A Better Burlington. The best decisions are made when elected representatives tap the wisdom of our community members, and welcome many different perspectives.This site allows residents to comment and debate with each other; our Commenting Guidelines established in 2016 aim to keep debate respectful. Got an idea or comment you want to share privately? Please, get in touch:

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