GRAVENHURST - Town of Gravenhurst wants to assure residents that the future of the Gravenhurst Train Station will be thoroughly examined and that an opportunity to voice concerns and provide suggestions is in the works.
“First and foremost we want to let the community know that the Gravenhurst Train Station won’t be going anywhere. This Train Station is a designated historic building in our community and a number of features and attributes of the building have significant heritage significance and are protected. Secondly, we want to reassure the community that their opinions are vitally important and that we will be reaching out to them to get their feelings on what Council should ultimately do with the property,” said Mayor Paul Kelly.
The discussion over the Train Station was raised during a recent November council meeting. Councillors reviewed a number of recommendations following a Request for Proposal which went out to the community in the fall that sought options to fill the current vacancy at the station, a property that is currently owned and maintained by the town.
“Council has decided that they want to explore all options on the table and perhaps look at some new ideas,” said Kelly. “We want to act in the most responsible manner and represent the best interests of the tax payer.
Opening up the property to private business ownership may be an option the community is open to exploring. We look forward to further engagement.”
Over the course of the next five years, council heard that the property would require significant upkeep and maintenance to be sustained. Unit 1 of the station has been vacant since the summer. Engagement
opportunities and approach are currently being determined, further updates will be shared by the Town as they become available.