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Burlington’s Freeman Station to be Moved this Spring

Joint venture agreement signed in January

Freeman Station signing
Freeman Station signing

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 Friends are currently interviewing for a general contractor to help with the pre-move stabilization of the station, as well as a mover. They’ve also launched a fundraising campaign. To date, more than $83,000 has been raised for the station. You can buy an annual membership for $10, move the station 6 inches for $20, and make additional donations here.

The Burlington Historical Society has very generously offered to match donations of its members to the FOFS up to $5000.

These milestones follow on the signing of a Joint Venture Agreement with the City of Burlington in January, which still owns the station.

My Take: I have always believed the community would save this station and find a location and use, and they are! My thanks to the volunteer board members led by president James Smith and vice-president Brian Aasgaard, for the countless hours they have all devoted to saving the station.Thanks also to Councillor Blair Lancaster, who serves with me as council liaison to the Friends. Welcome to our guest, Mayor Rick Goldring, who signed the agreement on behalf of the city.

Finally, many thanks also to the late Jane Irwin who died suddenly in February. Jane was a founding member of the Friends of Freeman Station board as vice-president, and was an integral part of the original Save Our Station group formed in the 1990s. Her vision and passion for heritage preservation in Burlington, and her contribution to saving the Freeman Station, will be missed. If you would like to donate to The Friends of Freeman Station in memory of Jane, please send a cheque made payable to The Friends of Freeman Station and a note that your donation is in memory of Jane. Please mail cheques to:

Friends of Freeman Station
3023 New Street
P.O. Box 91536 Roseland Plaza
Burlington On. L7R 4L6

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Written by Marianne Meed Ward

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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