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.

Written by Marianne Meed Ward

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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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