Exchange Hotel should be saved before it fall down
Posted in the Georgetown Forum
#1 Sep 15, 2013
Exchange Hotel should be saved
(This letter was sent to Mayor Rick Bonette and Councillors Jane Fogal, Moya Johnson and Dave Kentner. A copy was made available for publication.)
Dear Mayor Bonnette and Councillors Fogal, Johnson & Kentner,
As a longtime resident of Georgetown and someone who cares immensely about the preservation of Haltons precious heritage, I find myself writing out of deep concern regarding the future of the Exchange Hotel.
When I read that this structure is the last of its kind within original proximity to an original, working railroad station in Ontario, I was certain someone with ties to financial resources would step up and save the original structure (between the additions built on either side), at the very least!
In light of recent events taking place, sadly, this is turning out not to be the case.
Though the Heritage Halton Hills committee unanimously recommended the structures salvation, Town council has appeared to look the other way (toward more lucrative,economy-stimulating matters, no doubt), begging the question: What need is there for a heritage preservation committee after all? Additionally, hope in the form of aid from Habitat for Humanity has dissipated completely.
This situation seems to have become a tested and true waiting game: Give the building enough time to fall apart or catch fire and therefore justify the wreckers ball. The indifferent majority of the town will doubtlessly agree it was the right thing to do.
I truly believe the means exist to save, restore and honour this communitys impressive origins through the salvation of the Exchange Hotel.
Realistically, all we need is enough people to see past the crumbling façade and seriously give a damn.
For all intents and purposes, weve already lost the iconic Barber Mill to indecision and complacency. The Georgetown Memorial Arena is next.
I implore council and the residents of Georgetown not to let this happen to the Exchange Hotel, as well.
Peter Roe, Georgetown
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