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LETTER: MBL plan lacks foresight, should be at least 50% public

'Maybe the current public space percentage could become 50% with extensive waterfront availability for all,' reader says after council selects developer
2020-07-29 ap
Petition calls for turning Midland Bay Landing into a waterfront park. Andrew Philips/MidlandToday

MidlandToday welcomes letters to the editor at andrew@midlandtoday.ca. Please include your daytime phone number and address (for verification of authorship, not publication). The following is an open letter to Coun. Bill Gordon regarding council's decision to select a developer for Midland Bay Landing and Gordon's earlier hope the decision could be deferred to the next council.

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Hi Bill,

I guess you really could not have expected any other result. Good try!

The plan reeks of political and economic linkages that will ensure the right names get on the site plaque for perpetuity.

Only strong interventions in coming months will possibly alter the pathetic, small, true, natural, public, park space. Maybe the current public space percentage could become 50 % free recreational, treed public park with extensive waterfront availability for all with no condos or commercial development.

The economic return ‘mandate’ could be acquired with slightly higher structures located back from the waterfront.

Again I reiterate how unique this land is to a town that has never gotten its waterfront planning and aesthetic usage of it, correct.

Midland will once again bow to economic return as the current dismal waterfront layout demonstrates.

Too bad there isn’t more foresight and time to engage with an often uninterested public. On with the show … finalized in a closed session of council.

Had hoped for something wonderful! Not now. Not in the future.

Sincerely, Jim Wilgar

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