This post is the twenty-sixth in a series in which we reached out to municipal candidates to ask their heritage platform. Responses will be posted in the order received.
The twenty-sixth to respond was Jake Rondot, Candidate for Windsor City Council – Ward 4. The responses are in the candidate’s own words only slightly edited in a way that doesn’t in any way change what they said.
I am a long-time resident of historic Walkerville, with a deep appreciation for its architecture. I have been a member of the board of directors of the Walkerville BIA for 17 years, and have chaired for 10 years, leading streetscape and park redevelopments with design that compliments the neighbourhood’s historic architecture. I also travel extensively across Canada for work making a point of staying in and visiting each city’s historic commercial/residential districts and taking note of the work done in preserving and repurposing these buildings and spaces.
I believe very strongly in supporting adaptive reuse of our heritage buildings, both for it’s architectural value and also as an environmental sustainability tool in using and reusing existing built structures and construction materials. Smart budgeting with tax-deferral incentives for developers (such as façade enhancements and commercial/residential unit additions and upgrades), are policy tools municipalities can continue to utilize to maintain our stock of heritage buildings for future generations while modernizing their mechanical systems and environmental efficiency. Heritage designation of key commercial, institutional, and residential buildings should be encouraged by way of educating property owners and offering these incentive programs, which I would support as Windsor Ward 4 councillor.
Picture from Windsor Rotary Club. Click here to see the original source.