LETTER: Council need not act in haste


Editor: In Chatham, a proposal is before C-K council to acquire the downtown mall property as a redeveloped multi-service municipal hub at the Sears end, and a 4,000-seat entertainment venue with storefronts along King Street. 

Council meets Aug. 8 to review the “Imagine Chatham-Kent” proposal from the mall’s present owners. The price is not clear in dollars and municipal properties expected in trade. The Cultural Centre is on the block, and it is clear that no affordable theatre is built into the mall space. 

Theatre and gallery users, users of arenas and museums in every location, library users, people around CK, need community facilities. Can we start with what we need? Can we start with what we can afford to pay, in dollars and assets? 

Give us a minute, council. Don’t sign on any dotted lines. Not yet.

C.L. Coatsworth




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