Reconsider Nuclear innovation centre location in Southampton
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.