Friday, November 16, 2012

Another Collingwood Landmark Gone

 Much like the old Admiral Collingwood Public School, the smokestack at Kaufman Furniture and some other long standing structures around Town, another Collingwood landmark has been reduced to rubble.

Purchased by the Town of Collingwood in order to improve the intersection at Hurontario and First Street, the Mountainview Hotel is gone.  I can't say that I share the same memories as others around Town as I believe I was only in the place once.  I am sure however that many a Collingwood citizen as well as visitors from outside of Town, downed a few beers and told a few yarns in the Mountainview.
In the addition to a more functional if not safer intersection, I sincerely hope we see a development project on the site that will compliment the Town as well as make much better use of the property. 

  It is a shame that Collingwood has such a wasted asset as our waterfront.  Over the years through both business as well as personal travel, I have visited numerous cities and towns in Canada, the U.S. and abroad that are located on one type of body of water or another. Be it on a lake, a river an ocean or a sea, water draws and captivates people.  In most instances when a body of water is utilized for the attraction that it is, it is a huge economic driver for the given area.  In Collingwood it is by and large, an unutilized assest that has been left stagnating for years. Instead of perhaps being a thriving tourist mecca, with shops, restaurants, a place for transient boaters to tie-up in order to replensish their gallerys or take in the sights, Collingwood's waterfront is home to a sewage treatment plant, a grocery store and a courthouse, complete with a chain-link holding area for felons awaiting trial.  Some such as the Collingwood Branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario felt that the Mountainview had some value and economic promise but alas it is gone.

  As the water recedes in Georgian Bay and the sun sets on the remaining pile of rubble that was once the Mountainview Hotel, we can only hope that somebody or someone with a vision steps up and transforms Collingwood's waterfront from its diamond-in-the- rough status to the sparkling gem that lurks beneath.

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Rick relocated to Collingwood from Toronto in 1985 through a transfer with Goodyear Canada. In 1987 Rick was recruited by a major client of Goodyear’s, managing their Canadian business based in Barrie before moving to Chicago in 1992 as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Upon returning to Canada in 1996, Rick ran an industrial products manufacturing company in Stratford, Ontario. In 1998 Rick returned to Collingwood with his two children. Rick is a licensed real estate Broker with Royal LePAGE Locations North in Collingwood and holds his MVA designation (Market Value Appraiser-Residential). He is an active volunteer in the community serving several years on the Board of Directors with the Collingwood Chamber of Commerce as Treasurer, 6 years on the Board of Directors for the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® of which he is the Past President (2008) and currently serves on a committee with the Ontario Real Estate Association. Rick is a diverse executive manager with extensive experience in strategic planning, manufacturing, finance, human resources and quality assurance management.