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LETTER: Town should invite manufacturing and apartment builders

'We need jobs here, and affordable apartments here,' writes Don Thompson
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Editor,

I am a 'Barrie' person, but I have chosen Collingwood as my home. I moved here from Barrie, back in 1989.

I see things here do take a great deal of time to get done here. The grain elevators, the new condos on Hurontario Street – what was that, 14 years?

We don't want the costs of the proposed signage to declare, 'You're in the downtown of Collingwood.'

We need jobs here, and affordable apartments here.

Why doesn't Collingwood do what other towns and cities have done to help the people of Collingwood? Reduce the development fees, give the developers a better cost for taxes, anything to invite the developers here.

The empty lot across from Shoppers Drug Mart, what's that been three years? Put a six-storey apartment there, put one where the old car wash was, there is property on Hume Street, put another one there. The property on High Street that has been sold, you could put four- or five- or six-storey apartments there to give residents a home. Do the same with the old Goodyear lot.

Invite manufacturing companies to build their plants here. Give them a break on taxes and development fees for them to invest in our town. It pays off in the long run.

The election is coming soon, get the councillors to consider this new way of thinking.

Don Thompson
Collingwood, ON