"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Tuesday 3 June 2014

Good Things Come to Thoae Who Wait

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "You were saying Tim":

I saw no blame. Only confusion about saving money for Canada Post. They sent everything to Newmarket & sold the building. The town lost those jobs & an active successful Post Office. The work still has to be done

Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 3 June 2014 11:03


The building has been purchased by a law firm. A site plan application has been made which will be
a considerable improvement  over the current site.

A local law firm is expanding its operation . More and better jobs replace the post office operation and  nicely complement the professional area  already established.

While two terms of Council and administration have focued and spent hundreds of thusands of dollars on  Promenade  Study, Communty Improvement Plans, District Heritage Designations,
Heritage theme park ,Culture and Arts, you name it ,they've done it ,while repeating a  fifty-year old mantra  on the need to re-vtalise the downtown core.

Under our noses  Wellington Street East  and points south has steadily evolved its own special character of professional services.

The only influence the town  had was a policy developed years ago. Before there was a planning department.

Residential  zoning of the fine old homes  would be retained . Re-zoning would be required for
a change in use. The Town would control how the area would  evolve and the Town did.

We didn't need to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars.  No army of bureacrats needed to be hired. The endless trail of expensive studies were  unneccessary and futile to boot.

The Town always had the only tool  neccessary,the stock of fine old homes that lent themselves to adaptive re-use and  business people  who came to us with enough imagination to share the vision.

The law firm taking over and changing the post office building is a large  piece of the picture.

Tax  revenues will be added as well as jobs and an infusion of business activity.

It took almost forty years for the change to be realised. It has been gradual. But it is here now  for all to see.

We are on our way.

There has never been a better argument for the essential partnership between town and business.


Anonymous said...

Well said!

Anonymous said...

Oh, please, please, let the site application pass without the usual hollering about needing a canopy, more shrubbery and additional parking spaces. So many decent projects have gotten stalled at the committee level.

Anonymous said...

Or committees using the back door approach to force things through, or get others back to the podium.AKA Sandra and John.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately I would have to agree with 12:43. It would be interesting to find out (ya right!) how many potential investors have tried to do business in Aurora only to be shown the door or have have been advised to come back for the next set of council members and committees.

Anonymous said...

I am not sure if it is OK to mention closed meetings. Maybe it is micro-managing or some fool thing. But I am concerned about the mention of that neat ice rink idea developed by a staff member.
Evelyn, try not to let them convince council that the originator of that design does not want or should not receive even a small portion of any profits that might ensue.
I can understand how the town could do very well out of this over time and will be very angry, but helpless, if I hear they shafted him. We have invested in far stupider ideas.
Just because it is not a council-initiated project should not mean it can be dealt with shabbily......
or sneakily. Bring it out into the open if you can.....