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A pub in the old beach pump house? Maybe.

The Waterfront Citizen's Advisory Committee has recommended that the city explore a future commercial use for the old pump house on the beach strip, for example a coffee house or pub.
Burlington's beach pump house

To council Mon. April 30, 7pm, City Hall

Burlington's beach pump houseThe Waterfront Citizen’s Advisory Committee has recommended that the city explore a future commercial use for the old pump house on the beach strip, for example a coffee house or pub.

The city’s Community Development Committee approved the recommendation last week, which asks city staff report back on the process and timing for issuing a Request for Expressions of Interest to attract a private sector retailer to lease the pump house, to provide additional food and beverage service to visitors to the beach. The process should include recognition of the historic designation of the building, dialogue with neighbours and discussion around the costs associated with any renovations and upgrades to the building.

The recommendation awaits a final vote at the April 30 council meeting, after being approved by the city’s Community Development Committee.

What do you think? Do you support food and beverage service in the pump house? Email your thoughts to me here

My take: As one of three council members who sit on the waterfront committee, I welcome the addition of appropriate amenties in the beach area, and the preservation of historic buildings. Repurposing this space for food and beverage service can accomplish both.

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Marianne Meed Ward

Marianne Meed Ward

I was inspired to seek public office because I believe, like so many of you, “I can do something about that” on the issues we face. As councilor, my role is to take a stand on what’s best for residents and go to bat for it. Pushback is inevitable from those who don’t have the community’s interests at heart. I will stand with you and for you, to achieve the best interests of our city, without caving to unacceptable compromise in the name of consensus.

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