Jeremy Freiburger believes City Council finally "gets it" about preserving the Lister Block.
By Letter to the Editor
Published October 06, 2006
I was there for the City Council meeting that discussed the new Lister Block plan on September 27.
It seems as thought the plan is now one of "rehabiitation," as the architects called it: not full restoration or preservation but a hybrid approach.
They are now moving public health into the Lister instead of community services. This makes a lot of sense financially as the province contributes up to 75 percent of some costs when public health moves, but not so with community services. This will help offset the increased cost of this proposal.
The main floor will still be commercial from my understanding, with fewer spaces on the ground floor being taken up by the City and more by private businesses.
I honestly like the new plan. It's fairer, if still not completely fair in my eyes, and relatively progressive.
Last night, I honestly saw Council finally understand that the Lister must not be torn down. Both consultant architects made this abundantly clear, and council heard it in no uncertain terms. The building is sound and needs to be saved through this intervention process.
I'm happy with this plan.
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