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People say... "Stop the overdevelopment of the small town. Young families move here to leave bigger cities not move to a new one. The small town atmosphere is great, keep it quaint & not overgrown."

Posted by Savemainstreet on Friday, July 20, 2018

February 14, 2020

Way too much

Jill Richardson, Grimsby Resident

Way too much development of monster homes, condos and ugly townhouses, all encroaching on downtown and the lake and farmland, with no expansion of roads to contain all the extra traffic this causes.

January 31, 2020

I'd like to congratulate you

Carol Mazur, Grimsby Residents

Re: "A plan to save Main Street"

I’d like to congratulate you on your joint report to the Town Council regarding the need for a comprehensive heritage preservation plan for the town. It is long overdue and very much needed now with all the pressure for development. Unfortunately we have already lost many of our historic buildings, but with wise management we can preserve what we have left. Historic districts make perfect sense!

January 28, 2020

An overhead sign

Arnold W. Mooney, Grimsby Resident

Re: "A plan to save Main Street"

I think an overhead sign, similar to the downtown one, should be constructed at the east end of Main Street where it is decided the “historical district” should begin. The road should be repaved, two lanes total with parking; centre turn lane no parking area at intersections; with period street lamps to show we mean business. Yeah, it all costs money… otherwise, soon we will be ‘just another nondescript town’.

January 27, 2020

We fully support this initiative

Melissa Krouse, Grimsby Resident

Re: "A plan to save Main Street"

As the current owners and caretakers of Echo Hall on Main Street West, we fully support this initiative! Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help.

January 6, 2020

The new development does not complement the town's landscape

Jacqueline and Thomas Kerr, Grimsby Residents

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

Any change in density is too much and the new development does not complement the town’s landscape. It also does not contribute to the Town’s status as the number two place to live in Canada.

December 23, 2019

... Will set a precedent for more

David Hersey, Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

People should not lose their view of the escarpment or the sunshine which comes from that from the same direction. One large building on Main street will set a precedent for more in the near future forever changing the nature of Grimsby.

A large swath of our Town will become undesirable for those of us already living here.

December 18, 2019

A sorry possibility

Joan Adams, Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

To have such a massive building places a scourge on the appearance of our town. It is a sorry possibility. If this project goes forward as shown the added traffic will make travel on Main St. more and more difficult. I do not want to see this go forward in its present presentation.

December 17, 2019

I am not against development...

Yvonne Thomson, Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

As a 20+ year Grimsby resident who moved to this town because it was a small town, I am completely opposed to this type of development. I have watched traffic become an ever increasing issue and these types of developments are not suitable. I am not against development, but desire smart development that fits in with the rest of the surrounding area

December 17, 2019

This is not appropriate for our historic Main Street

Nancy Smethurst, Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

DeSantis cares nothing about our town vision only about profit. This is not appropriate for our historic Main Street and will cause high density of traffic, parking issues and people. Just the building of this will be a nightmare for surrounding homes, traffic and congestion during a couple years of building this. This also opens up the Main Street to more and more condo developments that aren’t good for our lovely town.

December 11, 2019

This will only add to the continued destruction of the character our town

Alan Goddard, Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

Dear Mayor and Councillors,

I am sorry I was unable to attend the Town open house regarding the above property. I am writing to express my outrage at what is proposed for the development of 133 Main East. This will only add to the continued destruction of the character our town through ever increasing higher density and the unbearable pressure on our infrastructure.

The last municipal election was a clear statement that people had had enough of mismanagement and destruction of our community...

December 10, 2019

I hope Council will act wisely and reject this proposal

Norm Opperman, Grimsby Resident

Re: "Letter From Burlington"

Mr. Woodruff is to be thanked for his thoughtful and well presented arguments against this Main St E. Grimsby proposal. I agree with his insights and thoughts fully. As a Grimsby resident I hope council will act wisely and reject this proposal.

December 10, 2019

There is no real advantage for us to overpopulate our down town

Catherine Rideout, Grimsby Resident

Re: "Letter From Burlington"

Thanks to Greg Woodruff for making us think more clearly about what we should be doing to our Main Street. There is no real advantage for us to overpopulate our down town and anything that would suggest traffic difficulties would be unwise.

December 10, 2019

These developers aren’t Gods

Elizabeth Dunlop, Grimsby Resident

Re: "Letter From Burlington"

Sad that an “out of towner” can come up with a valid argument against the onslaught of disasters that developers are unloading on our doorstep, while we are throwing up our hands & saying “what can we do”? These developers aren’t Gods! They are businesses who don’t give a damn about our environment. They see a money-making scheme and don’t have to deal with the outcome when it’s finished. We do! Our town, which until the last onslaught known as Grimsby west, I liked to call the...

December 10, 2019

We need to control intensification that developers want

Myra Leffler, Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

We need to control intensification that developers want only because they make more money when they crowd more units in a plot of land. We have a massive baby boom generation coming in next 10 years. Grimsby needs to focus on development that will support this generation to live comfortably and it isn’t intensification a t all costs.

December 9, 2019

I urge people to read his letter

Barbara Mackay, Grimsby Resident

Re: "Letter From Burlington"

Greg Woodruff, thank you so much for writing your very thoughtful & insightful letter to our Grimsby Planning Department & Town Council. I do hope they consider every point Greg has made to unravel the builders so called benefits to the Town of Grimsby. I concur with everything he said, wish I had written it, it says all that we residents have been thinking, in such an eloquent and informative way. I urge people to read his letter, it couldn’t be more on point. I agree Council & Staff should...

December 7, 2019

Condos on the Main Street should not be allowed

Marilyn Potocic, Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

Condos on the Main Street should not be allowed. All anyone has to do is look at the mass production of condos at Casablanca by the lake, “Condo City”. These developers are taking away our lake views and now want to push them on our Main Street. There is already enough traffic on the Main Street without condos adding to it.

We built a house in Peach Tree back in 1988 when you bought a lot and arranged for your own builder. The houses have they’re own uniqueness to them not like now when...

December 2, 2019

Development is getting out of control

Jim Moore, Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

Development is getting out of control. There is little to know thought process going into what and where we allow these projects to take place in our town. Truly, this area cannot withstand the pressure of added traffic and congestion. Nor does it fit into our heritage character where period homes and buildings stand as a reminder of who we are. Additionally, our roads are being torn apart with constant flow of heavy trucks and nothing is being done to repair them.

December 1, 2019

We have a fight on our hands for the soul of our town

Judy Meldrum, Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

Good grief. Do we have no say, ever, for what is good for the character and healthy development of our town? Clearly a five-storey monstrosity is not appropriate for the corner of Main Street East and Nelles Rd.

I agree that developers only care about profit and leave us with the traffic, infrastructure and unsightly, monolithic scar on our historical community. It was my understanding that the Burgess House was to be restored. What happened to that assurance? We have a fight on our hands for...

November 23, 2019

I am opposed to 'stuffing' condos

Magdalena Brasovan, Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

I am opposed to “stuffing” condos. This is Grimsby! The traffic is getting a la Toronto. Keep our town small!!

November 23, 2019

It’s time to rein in the developers

Linda Jones, Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

It’s time to rein in the developers. Our infrastructure is going to choke with so much redeveloped. How can something be deemed historical then altered?

November 23, 2019

Tourists come to enjoy the older buildings

Sondra Smith, Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

The heritage house should remain exactly where it is and not be moved, and surrounded with condos way taller. Where is the green space? All the trees will have to be removed. A disaster for our town. Tourists come to enjoy the older buildings. Not to be in a traffic jam on our Main Street, driving past condos.

November 23, 2019

Tourists come to enjoy the older buildings

Sondra Smith, Grimsby Resident

The heritage house should remain exactly where it is and not be moved, and surrounded with condos way taller. Where is the green space? All the trees will have to be removed. A disaster for our town. Tourists come to enjoy the older buildings. Not to be in a traffic jam on our Main Street, driving past condos.

November 23, 2019

We had enough

Chris Kack, Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

Enough of the overdevelopment of our town please. We the residents have had enough.

November 18, 2019

Keep Grimsby a small town

Marc & Tanya Coulter, Grimsby Residents

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

Keep Grimsby a small town with a small town feel. Current infrastructure can’t support the proposed development application at 133 Main Street East!

November 18, 2019

Leave the Main Street alone - this is our town

Kim Berry, Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

I have lived in Grimsby since 1963, and yes I get there has to be some changes but, we are suppose to be trying to keep a small town atmosphere.

Well, in my opinion, all the tearing down of buildings and building on all empty land putting up Condos does not benefit our town at all. It doesn’t beautify our town. It just adds more traffic to an already congested area.

I believe that we should keep our Main Street as it is. Fix the old house on the corner of Nelles and Main St. And why not leave...

November 18, 2019

This proposed condominium does not fit in

Victor Taylor, Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

This excessive development is ruining the small town charm of Grimsby. New development should take into account the nature of the surrounding community and this proposed condominium does not fit in.

November 18, 2019

Town is becoming far too congested

Andria Martins, Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

Our small town charm is being overrun by irresponsible overdevelopment. Town is becoming far too congested. We are going to look like Oakville/Burlington soon and that is not a good thing IMO.

November 18, 2019

Why do these developers always have to push the envelope?

Henry W. Vanderheyden, Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

We need to address this project with great objection. The present “Cole’s” property was sold to no other than Losani Homes. If we let this project go ahead, what do you think Losani will do with that property… Why do these developers always have to push the envelope? They know our bylaws! Why can’t they stick to them?

The Orchardview plaza complex is a perfect fit to this neighborhood. They kept to our current bylaws. Why can’t this developer? One important thing to remember is that...

November 9, 2019

Back to the drawing board

Chris MacNaughton, Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

The proposed development at 133 Main St. East is hideous, and it crowds the available land, being jammed up against the lot line it shares with Cole’s and the travelled portion of Main Street East. And it is way too high. The proposed development is only good for the developer. The proposed development is far too big.

There should be a height maximum of three stories throughout, and a required street setback from Main, and eastern side yard requirement of at least ten (10) meters per storey...

November 8, 2019

Grimsby should change its slogan

Danielle, Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

This is disgusting and if the town council bows to builders and changes bylaws to allow this eyesore to develop, shame on them. Shame on Mr. Desantis who is ruining our charming town for his corporate greed.

All of my friends who were kids growing up here in the 90s have been forced to move out of town because they can no longer afford to raise their family here. The food banks and rental banks that help those living in poverty are overstretched and hurting because of affordability. Let’s...

November 6, 2019

We need a Heritage District

Allan Smith, Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

We need a Heritage District for Main Street East. Such a device will prevent hairbrain schemes to be advanced in this development & the Roxy theatre site. We also need affordable housing. On 133 Main St., the previous developer had this property for 12 years hoping the building would fall in.

November 5, 2019

Another attempt

Alvin Melville, Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

This is another attempt to break the 4 storey barrier. If successful this town won’t be little quaint Grimsby. Three storeys built with character, would fit in nicely. The hounds are at the door. Be mindful people.

November 5, 2019

Friendly by Condo

Ally J., Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

Friendly by Condo. That’s what Grimsby has become and it must be stopped. Where once we had natural walking trails with peaceful views of the lake and escarpment, where we could hear the waves of lake Ontario, or the rustling of trees, we now have man-made “trails” with “spectacular” views of Condos where we can hear more and more traffic.

The development of Grimsby has caused us to lose green spaces, views, and now history. This was once a quiet, friendly and wonderful small town to...

October 25, 2019

I'm dead set against this development

Doug Biggs, Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

I’m dead set against this development! I live right beside this proposed development and the increased traffic is only one serious issue. Grimsby is not Brampton. We can not allow developers to ruin Main St. East!

October 25, 2019

It would be insane

Ingrid Kajah, Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

It would be insane to destroy Grimsby’s Main Street. Keep our heritage and save the beauty of a small town like Grimsby.

October 23, 2019

We are losing the entire character of this town

Brian C Merritt, Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

No! We are losing the entire character of this town. The ugly sprawl of the West end at Casablanca must not be allowed to spread.

October 10, 2019

This is just wrong and ridiculous

Joanne Gaulton, Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

Resident of 8 Nelles Rd. N. - I actually had a physical reaction - sick to my stomach when I saw this. This was not what we were anticipating when we purchased here. This is just wrong and ridiculous - I have much to say and don’t know where to start! I will be coming out. Please keep me posted. Thank you all for your efforts.

October 5, 2019

Stand up and fight this

Liz Smith, Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

Regarding the proposed development at 133 Main St. East: This is one of the dumbest ideas I have heard. Grimsby is a one street town, where do developers think the traffic is going to go? Grimsby is a heritage town, do they really think a condo unit, over height, and very modern is going to go over with the residents? If developers want condos, they should build them in the areas they already are, even though it takes away from our views of the lake and access to it. Keep the rest of the town...

October 5, 2019

Too high, too big

John Teitsma, Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

The development proposal at 133 Main St. East is too high, too big, too close to the road, it has too little parking, too many variances, too small parking spots, too small an entrance from the road. It needs to be scaled down and meet the legal requirements of the town.

October 2, 2019

We are not a city

Nancy Smethurst, Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

This is so horrible to think about. This historical town with its amazing history is a cherished community. The historical society and residents of this town have fought for keeping it that way.

We are not a city. We don’t have the area or want for these many ugly condos going up around us. The main street of all places should not suffer because of money hungry developers that care nothing about how this affects the lives of people who live here.

Enough is enough, these developers are killing...

September 30, 2019

Please let us keep our heritage

Henry W. Vanderheyden, Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

As a Heritage home owner, Main St. E. should be kept that way. I thought this was the entire idea behind “Save Main St”? Do these developers not realize that we don’t want high density as our infrastructure cannot handle it. Have you ever tried to turn left from Main St E. towards downtown now?? Just imagine what would happen if you put another 148 residential units here?? Please let us keep our heritage of Grimsby the way it is. If you want GTA density, you can move there.

September 27, 2019

Grimsby is becoming the new Mississauga

John Pare, Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

With all these buildings, what are they going to do with the water and sewer line? Let alone can the present Hospital be able to handle the influx of people that will be moving here?

Grimsby is becoming the new Mississauga.

September 27, 2019

Why must every spare piece of land be built on?

Betty Timms, Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

Why must every spare piece of land be built on? Is time our Council did something about our infrastructure before building more homes. I live on Robinson St. S and it is not unusual to have to wait for long periods in order to get out onto Highway 8 towards downtown.

September 26, 2019

Do not ruin something this beautiful

Lynn Melanson, Former Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

I brought my children up in Grimsby. They still live there and are raising their families there. It would be an injustice to ruin the landscape of this historical town. It is called the Niagara bench because of our vintage grapes and our fruits. Leave it alone. Do not ruin something this beautiful. God made it. Leave it alone

September 26, 2019

It will have to be a line outside town hall's doors

Dave Walters, Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

The people who will purchase these homes have no idea what Main Street even looked like 30 yrs ago nor do they care. The developer only cares about the cash and unfortunately town council is accepting the inevitable… We can only slow the bleed. We will need numbers to do so. It will have to be a line outside town hall’s doors to stop it for now. I am with everyone and anybody that cares enough. It has already changed so much.

September 26, 2019

Only the residents of Grimsby should have control

Melanie, Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

We, Grimsby, are a Town. This is a very slippery slope they are considering.

I have not spoken to a single resident of our lovely town who is in favour of these city-esque types of developments. Only the residents of Grimsby should have control of the preservation of this special place.

We do not want nor need this wonderful community changed into a city, especially by others who do not live here or understand and respect Grimsby for what it is. Just because there is an opportunity to build...

September 26, 2019

We love the mature neighbourhoods and the character of the homes

Mark L., Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

My wife and I chose Grimsby to live in while we raise a family because of the memories I had growing up here and the atmosphere of a small town with a great community feel.

We love the mature neighbourhoods and the character of the homes, new communities are just so many cookie cutter boxes arranged to generate dollars per square foot for developers that don’t care about the current residents.

Specifically, the development on the Burgess property will be a looming eye sore in comparison to...

September 25, 2019

I am not OK with a new massive development in the city!

Judy Beattie, Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

I am a resident of Grimsby and have owned my home for 12 years now. I have seen the over development done since this time and do not agree or am OK with a new massive development in the city. The town is not built to handle this much infrastructure, let alone moving a HISTORICAL Building! It adds character and history to our town and one of the reasons why we moved to Grimsby from Hamilton.

September 25, 2019

I don’t understand why we need to ruin the East end of town

Wendy McManus, Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

I don’t understand why we need to ruin the east end of town! I have never agreed with the building of homes behind other homes like Linden Lane and the streets already running off of Main St East.

This kind of high density development needs to stop now. This is a small historic town… the narrowest strip of land between the escarpment and Lake Ontario. We have already lost our orchards and our beautiful lakefront land in the West end.

Enough is enough Mr. Developer! Find another place to...

September 25, 2019

Grimsby is charming, picturesque, and perfect the way it is

Jessica, Grimsby Resident

Re: Mixed-use proposal at 133 Main Street East

What a horrible way to ruin the amazing small town feel Grimsby has. Nevermind even more of an influx of people that our roads can’t accommodate. Grimsby is charming, picturesque, and perfect the way it is.

August 3, 2019

Glad I voted for this new council!

Kim Mischuk, Grimsby Resident

Re: Making The Best Of It

I am glad we are going in this direction. Glad I voted for this new council! From the article, ‘Deal with each development application under the current framework… and hope for the best’ is the way to go.

On the high school topic, I really would like to see GSS and Beamsville’s schools stay intact and use that land the DSBN has acquired to build the new WLMH which is more of a priority for this community.

February 9, 2019

Finally a Council That Listens To The People of Grimsby!

C. Leonard, Grimsby Resident

Re: Making The Best Of It

… finally a Council that listens to the people of Grimsby! We are counting on you to protect our town. Keep up the good work!

January 31, 2019

Main Street Is Filled With Tons Of Important Homes

Robbie, Grimsby Resident

Re: Secondary Plan

Main street is filled with tons of important homes and its absolutely horrifying to think that people are okay with scratching out the history behind these homes and change our town.

In regards to 133 Main street East: that home has so much beauty and potential behind it and all it needs is love. I personally don’t care about developing in other areas as long as it doesn’t mean destroying homes. Regardless of who lives in them. At some point in time, a family has made memories in that home...

December 26, 2018

Grimsby Isn’t Grimsby Without Everything We Have In It

Victoria Macnaughton, Grimsby Resident

Re: Secondary Plan

I’ve been going to Monk’s since I was very young and my best friend works at Dollarama including my sister. I would hate for something else to be built into those plazas. Grimsby isn’t Grimsby without everything we have in it. Houses and condominiums are not something people come to Grimsby to pass through. No one likes them.

November 1, 2018

Main St. East is Already Vibrant and Viable

Dorothy, Grimsby Resident

Re: Secondary Plan

Grimsby already has a vibrant, viable commercial component on Main Street East. Thanks for supporting it. We don’t need more to satisfy developers.

November 1, 2018

Busy Enough

Peggy Hensen, Grimsby Resident

Re: Secondary Plan

I am against this proposal due to the fact that it is busy enough in the stated area. We do not need our small town feel to disappear, that is one of the reasons many of us moved here in the first place.

October 20, 2018

I Came From Hamilton To Escape The Congestion, Noise And Traffic

Mary Northcott

Re: Secondary Plan

I came from “student city” in Westdale in Hamilton, to escape the congestion, noise and traffic. In the 8 short years that I’ve been here, the, “small town feel” of Grimsby is already being replaced with too many buildings, and a lot of traffic congestion. Enough already!

October 19, 2018

Here Is A Simple Idea

Phillip Tatham, Grimsby Resident

Re: Secondary Plan

Here is a simple idea from a simple mind, but first, lets think about all that hasn’t been done with respect to WLMH.

A few years after moving to Grimsby, we attended a rally at the high school, hundreds turned up, brilliant doctors, nurses, and hospital officials spoke. We learned from them that we had a brilliant teaching hospital and one of the best maternity wards around. Our then provincial representative, initials TH didn’t speak. He walked through the crowd, past people who had...

October 18, 2018

Very Minor Changes

Dianne Keeling, Grimsby Resident

Re: Secondary Plan

I would like to see very minor changes to this area.

October 18, 2018

Want No Change

Sondra Smith, Grimsby Resident

Re: Secondary Plan

Want no change. Too much development in town- particularly high condos and town house fill-ins . We need to keep our lovely old homes on their lots. Where are all the cars going to go? The Queen E is already jam packed.

October 15, 2018

We Can't Let The Developers Win

Jordan, Grimsby Resident

Re: Secondary Plan

I live in Ward 2 in Grimsby. I work in Ward 2 in Burlington. I am saturated in all the politics around the intensification of Burlington and it makes me furious to know this is happening in Grimsby too (I’m a fairly new tenant resident). My husband and I live here and work near to enjoy the area, not to escape it.

We can’t let the developers win!

October 14, 2018

They Are Ruining Our Beautiful Historical Town

Gena Barton, Grimsby Resident

Re: Secondary Plan

No more development residential or commercial is needed on the East side of Grimsby. The Town Hall are ruining our beautiful HISTORICAL town and destroying whatever green space is left. There are buildings standing empty, use them!

The new development on the North Service Rd. is an eye sore. Not to mention too large for our town to service adequately without having to make major changes which costs the taxpayers more.

October 12, 2018

Moving This Forward Will Be A Generational Disappointment

George Lyon, Grimsby Resident

Re: Secondary Plan

The Town’s online survey was clearly produced for desired results. I strongly do NOT want intensification on Main St.

Our ‘culture’ and small town feel must be maintained - it’s what distinguishes us from cities and other towns that chose growth and development that all looks the same. Increasing traffic, and forcing sterile buildings is not at all in anyone’s best interest except those involved in the development.

Moving this forward will be a generational disappointment. Choose a...

October 12, 2018

Main Street Reflects Our Small Town

Cindy Bowman, Grimsby Resident

Re: Secondary Plan

Grimsby is a gem nestled in the Niagara region. A town I am proud to call home. A town I was proud to raise my child. Away and sheltered from city life and I enjoyed it uniqueness. I hope it remains that way.

Main Street reflects our small town and it’s coziness. A town where people are comfortable and where a simple trip to the store can take an hour because you socialize with old friends and neighbors there.

I do not want my Main Street to look like every other town because developers have...

October 12, 2018

I Am Disappointed In The Total Lack Of Courage And Defiance

Brian C. Merritt, Grimsby Resident

Re: Secondary Plan

I am disappointed in the total lack of courage and defiance which is going to be essential to fight Provincial goals of intensification. Politics at any level is no longer about leadership towards a betterment of community but only about self preservation of party policies and self betterment.

In many places in the world people fight and die for causes. Many of us can’t get off our backsides to vote!

October 6, 2018

Our Grimsby Skyline Will Be Lost

Patricia Bindner, Grimsby Resident

Re: Secondary Plan

From what I understand there is discussion of building more condominiums in the Main Street East area. We do not need condos in our downtown core nor on the land slightly out of the core.

Condos have been built and are being built on the lands surrounding the Grimsby core and if they must be built, then on the surrounding land they should be. Our Grimsby skyline will be lost with the continuance of building highrises in the core. The Grimsby infrastructure is not developed to account for the...

October 3, 2018

Learn From Burlington

Bob Shurge, Grimsby Resident

Re: Secondary Plan

Why are we looking to bring traffic congestion, noise and deprivation of the escarpment view to Main street? Let’s learn from Burlington - they are in the process of turning that ideal town (especially the downtown area) into a city of tall condos that will bring with them more cars, pollution and overcrowding. We moved here last year because of the small-town atmosphere. If I want condos and more commercial areas I can move to Mississauga.

October 3, 2018

We Need A Clean Sweep

Jean Coombs, Grimsby Resident

Re: Secondary Plan

We need a clean sweep of all of the present council with the exception of Dave Kadwell who is against all of this indiscriminate development. Unfortunately I cannot vote for Dave because he is not in my ward, but I would if I could because he has been against this madness all along.

The idea that every vacant space needs to be filled is ludicrous. Those open spaces add to the charm of our lovely town and give us space to breathe. We cannot stop the developments this irresponsible council has...

September 27, 2018

What is happening in our town is ludicrous

Ilse Den Boer, Grimsby Resident

Re: Secondary Plan

Most long term residents of Grimsby are very upset already with the ongoing construction over the last few years. Our town will never be the same. We realize progress can’t be halted, however, we are being overtaken by ugly buildings that are ruining our town.

Examples are the eyesores at the lake at Casablanca, and the approved changes for downtown and other valued areas of Grimsby such as the dance studio/vacant lot proposed high rise at Elm and Main, Different Strokes and Syndicate removal...

September 24, 2018

There is NO ROOM

Dorothy Wood, Grimsby Resident

Re: Secondary Plan

I refuse to believe that the proposed development on the old Roxy site is safe in the midst of our historic town. There is NO ROOM for such an intensified project to go forward and any further development along Main Street will only make matters worse with regard to traffic congestion and inability to access or egress the residential streets thus causing a potential hazard in case of fire or need for emergency vehicles. Stop the madness and the greed!!

September 20, 2018

We are NOT Toronto

Sherri Salvisburg, Grimsby Resident

Re: Secondary Plan

No more housing! We are NOT Toronto, NOT Hamilton, NOT Burlington. We are a beautiful small town, in grave danger of losing that small town feeling, and once it’s gone, you’ll never get it back. Enough already! Council needs to grow a pair, stand up to developers, and SAVE OUR TOWN!

September 18, 2018

Please say NO to developers

John Costa, Grimsby Resident

Re: Secondary Plan

My wife, children and I moved to beautiful Grimsby two years ago from Toronto. We chose Grimsby because we had enough of the big city developments (condos), traffic, crime and the list goes on. “Grimsby friendly by nature” - we quickly understood the meaning.

A year later I moved my parents in their 80’s because dad has COPD. I explained to dad that I found Grimsby a lot easier to breath because of all the greenery and much less traffic and pollution. Here we are two years later and...

September 17, 2018

This Is Disruptive And Complete Greed

Kerry McCulloch, Grimsby Resident

Re: Secondary Plan

Throughout the world we have seen the repercussions of the almighty dollar coming ahead of the land or a town or the character of a community. Large developments continue to challenge the Town of Grimsby’s essence, success and integrity of beauty and conservation.

It is a well divided established community and has grown to start stuffing buildings in between and developing in areas that are part of the communities beauty and quaintness. Grimsby was so successful with regards to development...

September 16, 2018

No one listens

Linda Jones, Grimsby Resident

Re: Secondary Plan

So the condos are inching east? I feel that no amount of backlash from the residents is going to do any good. No one listens.

September 16, 2018

Time To Stop The Poor Planning

DG Roberts, Grimsby Resident

Re: Secondary Plan

It has become very clear that town council has been behind all the poor planning into our town. Alderman Steve Berry made very clear years ago that the silent majority agreed with what the council has been doing over the years. Intensification is a plague that will wipe out the history and beauty of towns like ours across Ontario. They will simply become bedroom communities that will have 2-3 hour commuting times.

Toronto is already the second worst commute time in Canada and sixth worst in...

September 6, 2018

Buildings Continue To Stack Up

Ryan and Kristin Kingma, Grimsby Residents

Re: Secondary Plan

10 years ago we made Grimsby our home. We loved the quaintness and small town feeling. But lately, we have seen cherry orchards developed into townhouses, and buildings along the lakefront continue to stack up.

Last year we moved just behind Main Street into a great neighbourhood to raise our family. But now the risk of overdevelopment as part of the intensification of Main Street could change the town we know into something our children won’t recognize as the town they grew up in.

Traffic is...

August 31, 2018

Grimsby Is Becoming More And More Congested

Dan & Margaret Moroz, Grimsby Residents

Re: Secondary Plan

Grimsby is becoming more and more congested. We do not have the infrastructure to handle any more traffic. The town needs to address this issue and stop these money hungry developers from spoiling our small town feel with any more condos and high rises.

August 30, 2018

We Do Not Need More Development

Allan Smith, Grimsby Resident

Re: Secondary Plan

We do not need more development in this area because development will have to be upwards.

August 27, 2018

High Density Concerns Us All

Heather Curran, Grimsby Resident

Re: Secondary Plan

I moved to Grimsby because it is a small town. Real estate development in this green space is upsetting. Please. Multi story residential buildings concern me. High density concerns us all. I used to live in Vancouver, where the ocean from UBC to West Van was ALL PARK. What is wrong with Ontario? The only park on the lake is tiny Nelles Park. The city planing on Lake Ontario is shameful and greed drives it.

August 21, 2018

Unchecked Growth

Doug Crane, Grimsby Resident

Re: Secondary Plan

Seems interesting that Mayor Bob is crowing about the livability of Grimsby while allowing unchecked growth. A quick look about town shows a lack of parking in the west end development and now, armed with that shortsightedness, it is proposed to do the same thing in the east end! When you build, citizens need a place to park so that they can invite family and friends over and also allow access to businesses.

August 18, 2018

Money For Developers

Marty M., Grimsby Resident

Re: Secondary Plan

The plans for this new development has money in mind only for the developers… if anyone thinks they have the surrounding residents best interests in mind, they are fools… Its disgusting.

I also found my happy place in Grimsby.

August 15, 2018

The Town Council Needs To Stop This

Steve Bowen, Grimsby Resident

Re: Secondary Plan

I hate the idea of more expansion in Grimsby. The reason we moved here in the first place was the idea of a small town yet still close to the big city. Over the years these so called MONEY expansions are slowly destroying what we have. The town council needs to stop this and as tax paying residents of Grimsby, they need to answer to the will of the majority. If they are not able to, we need to vote in the next election for people who will. Speak up Grimsby; this is your town and we should...

August 7, 2018

I Vote NO

Chris MacNaughton, Grimsby Resident

Re: Secondary Plan

As a resident of Nelles Road South I am totally opposed to the proposed redevelopment of the so-called ‘hospital corridor’. Main Street is already as ‘developed’ as it should be, more than would be ideal, in fact.

Already Grimsby has lost, no, make that thrown away, so much of what made it the special place we loved. We mourned to see orchards and greenspace within the town disappear to be replaced with high density housing.

I do admit that having the Main Street amenities currently in...

August 7, 2018

Dear Alderman...

Daphne Davis, Grimsby Resident

Re: Secondary Plan

What is the most effective way to have an impact on the plans for the development of the hospital corridor?

As a resident, I have strong objections to its intensification. Is there a limit to Grimsby’s plans for intensification? We haven’t seen the full impact of Casablanca’s development completed, or Main Street by Elm.

Once completed, traffic congestion, noise, light and air pollution, on-street parking would all be issues. It is apparent by Winston Road that there is not sufficient...

July 26, 2018

Enough Already

Linda Jones, Grimsby Resident

Re: Secondary Plan

Enough already, we are a small town that wants to stay that way. Will we see our taxes decrease because of the extra revenue, doubt it. We will see added traffic and congestion everywhere, we can’t spread out much further because of the lake and escarpment so high rises will be the norm and the vineyards and orchards will be a thing of the past. So sad for Grimsby.

July 26, 2018

A Recipe For Disaster

Alistair Morrison, Grimsby Resident

Re: Secondary Plan

The plan to build four storey buildings on Main St. is a recipe for disaster and future traffic concerns. You can not create buildings to enhance the character of the town, those places exist already. Please discard this plan. Traffic noise and congestion are the definite results of such a build, and for what? Revenue at citizens expense? No thanks. The personality of Grimsby will be the victim.

July 26, 2018

Kathy K., Grimsby Resident

Re: Secondary Plan

Sad state when the almighty dollar will deface our wonderful town.

July 26, 2018

I Am Totally Against Condos

Laurel Leach, Grimsby Resident

Re: Secondary Plan

I am sick and tired of the developers getting their way in Grimsby. The development along the lake is an eyesore. I am totally against putting condos in the east end.

July 26, 2018

I'm Totally Embarrassed With The Town Hall And Council

Cindy McMillan, Grimsby Resident

Re: Secondary Plan

I’d like to know why we are being pressured by TORONTO and developers to develop what is left of our lovely town. Not everything should be paved over, the uniqueness can and should be preserved. What our town has done on the former Place Polonaise property is what I call a quagmire. Totally unappealing, different heights, styles, what a damn shame, this should have been retained as parkland similar to Charles Daley. There is nothing appealing about this area. There seems to be very little...

July 23, 2018

I Found My Happy Place Here In Grimsby

D.G. Roberts, Grimsby Resident

Re: Secondary Plan

I watched a movie the other evening about a young woman who lived a very hectic and stress filled life in New York City. Circumstances led to her quitting her job and finding her “happy place”—which happens to be a lighthouse on the water 25 miles out of the city.

Over twelve years ago, I found my happy place here in Grimsby. Tired of Toronto and not feeling a sense of community, our real estate search led us here. We loved the history of the town, the quaintness of the downtown core and...

July 20, 2018

East End Development Concerns, Go To Meeting: Reader

Ruxandra Bucataru, Grimsby Resident

Dear Editor,

No more than 12 years ago when travelling to Beamsville from Toronto, we took an early turn to Ontario St. and ended up in Grimsby. It was late November and the downtown looked just like a Christmas card, with all the old-style small stores lovely decorated inside and out. Two years later, we came to be a part of this lovely community, that was filled with orchards, open spaces and quiet neighbourhoods - far from the hustle and bustle of the big cities.

Unfortunately, today, that...

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