CollingwoodToday welcomes letters to the editor at [email protected] or via our website. Please include your daytime phone number and address (for verification of authorship, not publication). The following letters are in response to a suggestion in Collingwood's draft Official Plan to allow up to 6-storey buildings in some intersections in the downtown core and a plan for the Collingwood Terminals building involving a condo tower.
There is a lot of opposition to allowing six-storey buildings in downtown Collingwood (including the Architecture Conservancy of Ontario).
Can you imagine how people will feel when they get the Streetcar 24-storey monster built on their downtown waterfront?
I haven't met a single person who likes their tower idea. Sure, some people want to keep the grain terminals but at what expense?
Placing a 100-plus-foot condo tower on top of them does not seem like a reasonable expense to me. I realize why Streetcar wants their condo tower (profit) but before more engineering monies are spent, shouldn't Collingwood consider a different option and/or partner if necessary?
Can't we keep hotels and condos on our waterfront to a four- or five-storey height?
Perhaps there is a compromise between the two approaches? Perhaps we all need to take a deep breath and brainstorm some more before the streetcar is too far down the track to Brampton, so to speak.
Thanks very much,