Re­con­sider Nu­clear in­no­va­tion cen­tre lo­ca­tion in Southamp­ton

Shoreline Beacon - - Opinion -

there have to date been no other part­ner­ships or plans in place with other in­sti­tu­tions or or­ga­ni­za­tions as out­lined in the let­ter that have now been ‘aban­doned.’

In ad­di­tion, costs as­so­ci­ated with the Mu­seum ex­pan­sion have re­mained the same through­out the process. The in­clu­sion of the In­sti­tute has not hin­dered these plans and, in fact, will only ac­cel­er­ate the time­lines in which these spa­ces will be built and [be­come] op­er­a­tional.

The pro­posed build­ing in­cludes the Mu­seum Ex­pan­sion, com­mu­nity meet­ing rooms and gallery as well as the In­sti­tute. The Ar­chives will re­main de­vel­oped as planned, with nearly 19,000 sq. ft. ded­i­cated to the Ar­chive Ex­pan­sion, Com­mu­nity Gallery and meet­ing rooms. The re­main­der will be ded­i­cated to the In­sti­tute and will in­clude open spa­ces avail­able for com­mu­nity events.

Con­nect­ing the cur­rent Mu­seum, planned Mu­seum ex­pan­sion and the In­no­va­tion In­sti­tute will re­sult in a max­i­miza­tion of shared spa­ces. This will help en­sure the con­tin­ued suc­cess and sus­tain­abil­ity of the Mu­seum for decades. It will ex­pand the Mu­seum’s reach by hav­ing more peo­ple, busi­nesses and as­so­ci­a­tions in the phys­i­cal foot­print and brings more aware­ness of the Mu­seum and ser­vices pro­vided. This will also trans­late into in­creased visitation, fa­cil­ity rental, do­na­tions and mem­ber­ship for the Mu­seum.

In ad­di­tion, it will re­sult in more ac­cess across our re­gion into post­sec­ondary part­ner­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties and ac­cess to tal­ent that will ben­e­fit the long term suc­cess of Bruce County and its res­i­dents.

We con­tinue to de­fine the op­er­a­tions of the In­sti­tute and pur­sue part­ner­ships with var­i­ous stake­hold­ers and as more in­for­ma­tion is de­vel­oped, it will be shared with our com­mu­nity.

Franks Saun­ders, Pres­i­dent, Nu­clear In­no­va­tion In­sti­tute

To be­gin, I am not an­ti­nu­clear. I am a pro small­towner, and I be­lieve strongly in pre­serv­ing the in­tegrity of the beauty and unique­ness of a small town.

I was raised here, left to at­tend col­lege and raised a fam­ily in Ot­tawa. My hus­band and I have re­turned to this beau­ti­ful town for our re­tire­ment.

There are no ex­pec­ta­tions for ev­ery­thing to re­main as it was, but there is an ex­pec­ta­tion for the preser­va­tion in the core of a town that presents it­self so beau­ti­fully that peo­ple pass­ing through prom­ise to them­selves that one day they will re­turn here to cot­tage and of­ten, to live.

Af­ter hav­ing at­tended the open house on Oct. 16 con­cern­ing the build­ing of the In­no­va­tion Nu­clear In­sti­tute there are a mul­ti­tude of is­sues that have come to mind. Fur­ther ex­pan­sion of the mu­seum and of the GC Hus­ton pub­lic school are two of these is­sues.

As our com­mu­nity grows quickly both of these in­sti­tu­tions will re­quire ex­pan­sion again. Also school crowd­ing will in­crease with a grow­ing com­mu­nity.

The view of Fairy Lake is greatly com­pro­mised by the sug­gested ar­chi­tec­tural draw­ings/plans. The build­ing is too mod­ern to suit that part of town. This his­toric four-cor­ner piece of land is a well-known land­mark. It is un­con­ceiv­able that Bruce County did not re­al­ize that there would be very up­set ci­ti­zens over this. Bruce County is ad­ver­tis­ing this area as “the place to live”. It is in the best in­ter­est of the County and the town to keep the “look” of a quaint, lovely town.

The lo­ca­tion is not suit­able due to traf­fic. Your study was car­ried out dur­ing the wrong time of year. Try May 24 to Thanks­giv­ing week­end and the re­sults would be more ac­cu­rate.

The ci­ti­zens of Saugeen Shores, and not just Southamp­ton, known that this was a pos­si­bil­ity I have no doubt that a group of pri­vate ci­ti­zens would have come for­ward to pur­chase this piece of prop­erty to keep it in a man­ner suit­able to the town – a pos­si­ble lovely rental, a B&B or per­haps a restau­rant or pri­vate home. Is it still a pos­si­bil­ity for this to hap­pen?

Per­haps an­other sug­ges­tion is for the Angli­can Church manse to be ren­o­vated and rented out to the per­sons who will come to the Nu­clear In­no­va­tion In­sti­tute from all over the world.

I saw peo­ple close to tears when look­ing at the ar­chi­tect’s vi­sion and I over­heard re­marks that made me keenly aware of the depth of feel­ings to­wards this change.

I noted that these re­marks came from peo­ple in this com­mu­nity who are the first to help out in a crises, who have worked hard over the years to build this com­mu­nity, and vol­un­teered hours to keep us all safe, to have events that are spec­tac­u­lar, which, by the way, are also part of pre­sent­ing this com­mu­nity as “the place to live”.

It is the peo­ple who live here who have made this com­mu­nity what it is. They should be re­garded with re­spect and thank­ful­ness. And they should be given a say in such a tre­men­dous change to the com­mu­nity.

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