Bruce Botanical Gardens reclaiming one of the
Poplar Beach cottages
By Liz Dadson
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One of the seven infamous Poplar Beach cottages may survive demolition.
Co-ordinators of the Bruce Botanical Food Gardens in Ripley have been granted permission from Huron-Kinloss council to salvage a cottage and reclaim any items for the gardens.
At the township's general committee meeting last night (May 7), a report from administrator Mary Rose Walden said the cottage properties have been inspected and there is no simple way to declare the buildings and structures surplus and dispose of them according to the township's surplus equipment policy.
Walden recommended that the Food Gardens project group be allowed to utilize one cottage if it can be removed, and all the decking.
"They received $6,800 to build their gatehouse, which will pay for renovations to the cottage," reported Walden. "Having this cottage would see them through the development of a number of steps planned for the future, and the money would be used to renovate it into their 'gatehouse'."
She said there is also decking and other miscellaneous items that the group would like for the gardens.
As for the Poplar Beach cottages, they will be demolished, with the leases having expired last fall.
Walden said the township has received permission from the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority (SVCA) to proceed with demolition and removal of the existing cottages, with conditions. A permit was not required.
Letters are going out to the previous lessees to have the sheds on the property removed by May 22.
The demolition of the cottages will go to public tender.
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Monday, May 07, 2012