Freeman Station

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Create Memories by Giving #BurlON Experiences

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Oakville Museum to use Coach House for cultural programs, exhibits and events

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 – for immediate release

Oakville Museum to use Coach House for cultural programs, exhibits and events

Council approves recommendations for multi-use redevelopment, federal funding application

The historic Oakville Museum Coach House will be redeveloped into a multi-use space for cultural programs, exhibits and events for the public to enjoy. Council approved the staff recommendation on Monday night.

“Creating vibrant cultural spaces is part of our vision to make Oakville’s downtown a social, economic and cultural hub,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “We’re very excited to transform this architectural gem into a welcoming cultural space that residents and community groups will be able to use for years to come.”

The Coach House is a 180-year-old heritage building that originally served as a horse stable and residence for the estate’s gardener. In the early 1990s the town opened Erchless Estate as a museum and retrofitted the Coach House to provide collection storage space. Now that the Museum uses storage facilities at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, the Coach House can take on a new role.

In 2016 the town engaged a consultant to review all existing reports related to the building, determine possible new uses and consult with the community to determine a preferred use.

The preferred redevelopment includes converting the main space of the building into a multi-purpose space for museum-led exhibits, programming and cultural events as well as community uses such as meetings and weddings. There will also be space for an artist-in-residence program, a small outdoor performance venue and space to accommodate food and beverage service for special events and performances.

The estimated cost to redevelop the building is $1.43-1.68 million, however staff will be applying for a grant from the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canadian Cultural Spaces Fund (CCSF) which could cover up to 50 per cent of the cost.

Staff will begin planning the redevelopment of the Coach House immediately and renovation work is expected to begin in early 2018.


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Centennial Square lands not for sale

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 – for immediate release

Centennial Square lands not for sale

Council provides clear direction to staff on options for the Downtown Cultural facilities

Planning and Development Council members provided clear direction to staff on Monday night when they unanimously approved a motion brought forth by Mayor Rob Burton that recognized that the Centennial Square lands are an important public asset that should remain under public ownership and not be considered for sale under any option for the Downtown Cultural Hub.

“Centennial Square has a special place in the hearts of residents and should remain protected for public use,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “While it will be necessary to monetize some of the property the town owns in the downtown to make new cultural facilities more affordable to taxpayers, we can do this without selling the historic Centennial Square.”

Council is expected to consider the Downtown Cultural Hub later in the spring with information they requested in the fall.

As requested by Council, over the next six to eight weeks, the town will be undertaking a telephone and online public opinion survey to gather input on the Downtown Cultural hub from residents across the town. Staff will also be providing Council with the public input received on the Downtown Oakville Growth Area Review which is looking at how you can grow the downtown in a manner which preserves its historic character while bringing in enough new growth to ensure the long-term vitality of the downtown. In addition staff will be providing further information on how to move forward with the cultural facilities in partnership with public and private groups.

According to Jane Clohecy, commissioner, Community Development for the town, “The Downtown Cultural Hub project will likely be the most significant investment in public infrastructure in our community. We need to provide the public and Council with as much information as possible to assist them in making their decision.”

For more information visit the Downtown Cultural Hub project page.


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A Taste of Christmas Past

Christmas at Ireland House Museum has always been a magical time of year. Victorian themed decorations adorn the halls and rooms, stockings hang by the fireplace, and the historic house is filled with the delicious smell of gingerbread cookies cooked … Continue reading →

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Council approves redevelopment option for Oakville Arena

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 – for immediate release

Council approves redevelopment option for Oakville Arena

Public input results in new life for historic building

The heritage features of Oakville Arena will be saved for future generations to enjoy following Town Council’s approval on May 26, 2014, of a resident-supported plan to revitalize and expand the nearly 60-year-old facility.

“Residents are passionate about Oakville Arena — its place in the town’s history and its future in meeting Oakville’s facility needs,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “This is an excellent example of Council and residents working together to enhance Oakville’s outstanding livability.”

Following extensive public consultation in the development of the Parks, Recreation and Library Facilities Master Plan, Council directed staff to develop design options for Oakville Arena that would include a single-pad arena, incorporate new seniors’ centre and maintain the existing recreation amenities at Trafalgar Park.

The proposed design options were presented to the public at two well-attended information sessions in March. Residents could also submit their comments online. The majority supported maintaining and refurbishing the historic features of the arena while expanding the facility to be a true community hub for fitness and social activities for all ages.

“The direction from residents was really clear,” said Nina de Vaal, director of Recreation and Culture for the Town of Oakville. “Preserve the heritage features, but make the arena and surrounding park facility better for future generations.”

The redevelopment concept, known as Revitalization Option #2, is estimated to cost $29.4 million and includes: a new supporting structure on top of the existing roof; extended arena bays to create an NHL-size ice surface; seating for 450 people; a walking track; a new seniors’ centre with separate access; administrative offices; a gymnasium; and a new Kinsmen Pine Room for public meetings and events.

Conceptual drawings for Option #2 are available on the Oakville Arena Redevelopment page. The project will be referred to the 2015 capital budget to determine funding options with construction currently forecast for 2017-18.

At last night’s meeting, Council also approved a motion to formally designate Oakville Arena as a heritage structure under the Ontario Heritage Act. The property, located at 133 Rebecca Street, is currently listed as a non-designated property on the Oakville Heritage Register.

For more information visit the Oakville Arena Redevelopment project page.


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Pamper Me Girls Getaway

Being the only female in the house I must say I always look forward to a little getaway with my friends to catch up, rejuvenate and enjoy some girl-time.  There are many appealing girls’ getaway activities here in the Burlington area whether you … Continue reading →

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Burlington, Tour Group Friendly!

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What’s happening at Town Hall – April 8 to 12, 2013

Friday, April 05, 2013 – for immediate release

What’s happening at Town Hall – April 8 to 12, 2013

Do you want to know what’s happening at Town Hall? Are you interested in participating in local government? Here’s a highlight of what’s happening April 8 to 12, 2013.

April 8

inZone subcommittee
Location: Town Hall, Trafalgar Room, 1–3:30 p.m.

Planning and Development Council 
Location: Town Hall, Council Chamber, 7–10 p.m.

Consent item
By-law 2013-024 – A by-law to dedicate certain land as part of a public highway (Block 41, Plan 20M-961 – Spring Meadow Way; Block 40, Plan 20M-1024 – Grand Oak Trail; Blocks 123 and 135, Plan 20M-1006, and Part 2 on Plan 20R-17216 – Pine Glen Road) – Fox Farm Developments Inc. Plan 20M-1086

Public hearing items
Public meeting report and official plan amendment for zoning by‑law amendment and draft plan of subdivision at 3340 Dundas Street West for New Horizon Group 3340 Dundas Street West Inc.
Public meeting report for zoning by-law amendment at 3120 Third Line for Infrastructure Ontario (Erinoak Kids).
Public meeting report for zoning by-law amendment at 103 and 109 Garden Drive for Memory Care Investments (Oakville) Ltd.
Public meeting report for zoning by-law amendment at 1132 Invicta Drive for 2104751 Ontario Ltd. (Hill Academy).
Public meeting for official plan and zoning by-law amendments at 3108 and 3130 Sixth Line for V!VA Oakville Facilities Inc. & V!VA Oakville Towns Inc. (V!VA Retirement Communities).

Discussion items
South Central Public Lands Study – Final Recommendations and Next Steps
Supplementary Report – South Central Public Lands Study and Implementation
Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada
Notice of Intention to Demolish 371 Kerr Street

Advisory committee minutes
Heritage Oakville Advisory Committee — March 26, 2013

April 9

Administrative Services Committee 
Location: Town Hall, Oakville and Trafalgar Rooms, 7–10 p.m.

Consent item
By-law 2013-035 – A by-law to amend By-law 2010-184 being a by-law to make appointments to the Board of Management for the Bronte Village Business Improvement Area

Discussion item
2012 year-end financial results and surplus disposition

Advisory committee minutes
Accessibility Advisory Committee — March 14, 2013

April 11

Accessibility Advisory Committee
Location: Town Hall, Oakville Room, 7–10 p.m.

Public information meeting for zoning by-law amendment at 70 Old Mill Road for 2317511 Ontario Inc.
Location: Town Hall, Trafalgar Room, 6:30–10 p.m.

What’s Happening at Town Hall provides an overview of upcoming Town of Oakville meetings and other events. The public is welcome to attend these meetings. For agendas and copies of reports, please visit Agendas and Minutes. For more information and additional upcoming meetings, please visit the Council Calendar or News and Notices.

For more information

Kathy Patrick
Supervisor, Council and Committee Services
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 4235
kpatrick@oakville.ca


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