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Wednesday, March 22, 2023
Letter: Parliament Oak proposal is not compatible with area
Letter to the editor. File

Dear editor:

I was disappointed in the latest proposal for the Parliament Oak property since after spending a decade here I thought the developer would have come to appreciate what makes Niagara-on-the-Lake unique.

As an architect I have always been aware that new buildings should be compatible with their surroundings in use, size, materials and scale.

It’s called contextualism and it’s a philosophy that has been successfully followed in the design of new structures in the town for 200 years.

The developer is insulting our community in proposing a huge brick and stone hotel in the middle of one-and-a-half and two-storey single family houses, clad primarily with wood siding or stucco.

Town council and staff should not give this proposal any serious consideration as it reveals poor land use planning as well as proposing a building that wouldn’t be compatible anywhere in town, not just on this property.

Wayne Murray

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