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May. 27, 2018 | Sunday
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SORE "expects" NOTL town council to proceed on MHC recommendations
Artist rendering of the proposed six-storey hotel at Randwood Estate in Niagara-on-the-Lake. (Supplied)

A group called Save Our Rand Estate, which hopes to prevent a proposed six-storey hotel from being built in Niagara-on-the-Lake, is encouraging residents to make their voices heard at town council Monday — in a “respectful” way.

A nameless letter posted Sunday to the group’s website (sorenotl.ca) asks residents to encourage town councillors to support several recommendations from the Municipal Heritage Committee at Monday’s council meeting.

One of the recommendations is that immediate historical designation be placed on all four Randwood properties, located at 144,176 and 200 John St. and 588 Charlotte St.

Other recommendations are that the town flat-out refuse of a six-storey hotel and that a designated heritage planner be appointed for the town of NOTL.

SORE is calling the MHC’s approval a “step in the right direction.”

“Given the (Randwood) proposal has been with the Town for almost 120 days, designation of the Rand Estate and retention of qualified heritage planning staff is clearly time-sensitive," the letter said.

The group is encouraging like-minded residents to attend town council Monday to show support, and asked anyone who attends to to be respectful of the established processes for meetings, as well as of council members, town staff and other attendees.

The letter said SORE “expects Council to proceed with the Heritage Committee recommendations that evening.”

“There is no excuse for delaying action on these important recommendations, which were passed unanimously by the Committee last week.”

Multiple attempts to reach the developer of the proposed hotel have gone unanswered.

Council will vote on the MHC recommendations during Monday's council meeting, which starts at 6 p.m at town hall.