As councillors prepare for a final vote on a plan to redevelop the former Liquidation World and Woolworth's site, the head of Heritage Brockville is optimistic his group can work with the developer on concerns over the facade.
Heritage Brockville chairman Paul Bullock said a meeting with Richard Harrison, a planning consultant for the property's Ottawa-based owners, went well.
“There was no antagonism,” said Bullock, whose group has expressed concerns about the stucco on the new facade and hopes to have the owners replace it with red brick.
While Harrison indicated the new facade cannot be made of brick because of the nature of the building, Heritage Brockville did present him with two drawings he will take back to the owners, said Bullock.
“We want the best we can get for King Street,” added Bullock.
He noted Heritage Brockville is an advisory group with no real power to effect change in council's decisions, but he is confident the group can work with the owners at the site plan stage should the project go forward.
The former Woolworth’s store, which was a Liquidation World before closing in 2004, has been an eyesore ever since, a source of frustration for downtown boosters given its central location near Courthouse Avenue.
Harrison last week told council's economic development and planning committee the owners hope to proceed with work soon.The owners plan to turn the vacant former Woolworth's site into a combination of four retail stores at the street level and a self-service storage facility on the rest of the first floor and the entire second floor.
The recommendation includes restricting the storage part of the business to 50 feet or further from the King Street building face on the first floor to ensure the front of the building is devoted to retail.