Is it a Landmark or Landfill? Collingwood’s Tremont Hotel

For years now, this property located next to the new library (now under construction in the downtown core), has been the subject of much controversy.  After having been for sale for an extended period of time, it went off the market and was later purchased by the Town of Collingwood for a significant price that led to an investigation and uproar.  That’s old news and water under the bridge but either way, the purpose was to tear it down and create a parking lot.

Soon after, the new Ontario Heritage Act came into effect and a new council was also elected. The building is situated in the Collingwood Heritage District and it cannot easily be torn down. As a result of public pressure raised primarily from heritage preservation enthusiasts, the decision to create a parking lot was reversed and the property went for sale.  No offers acceptable to the Town came forward. 

Last year, there was a proposal to create affordable housing on the site which ultimately went elsewhere.  Then, there was also a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the Town and Theatre Collingwood to pursue the idea of creating a Cultural Centre on the site.  The MOU contained a requirement to keep just two exterior walls.  Again, politics and emotion stepped it causing that deal to be abandoned.

Currently, it’s subject to an RFP (Request for Proposals) to sell the property.  In the meantime, the building sits vacant and abandoned.  Is this demolition by neglect? 

The Tremont has a rich history.  It was built in 1889 and is the last remaining hotel of 16 that were once located in the downtown core.  According to Richard Lex, President of the Collingwood Branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, the building is rated as “exceptional,” the highest rating in the heritage district.  He points out that it represents typical brick work of the late 1800’s with many interesting embellishments and is essentially an unaltered example of the classic three-storey stand–alone hotel in Collingwood.

For very many reasons, I think it should be preserved at all costs.  What do you think?

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5 Comments

  1. Katrina says:

    this building has 6,000 square feet of commercial space and 8 apartments with substancial parking in the heart of downtown Collingwood. If you owned a building like that how much would you sell it for if someone wanted it? Especially if you did not want to sell! You should get all the facts before making a claim

  2. Marg says:

    Hi Katrina and my apologies for clearly offending you. I do have all of the facts – files full.
    Thanks for your comment and lets hope someone comes up with a great plan everyone can get excited about for the building and/or property.

  3. […] I mentioned in a previous post on the subject, the Tremont building has sat neglected and abandoned since the town purchased it several years […]

  4. chad says:

    How about a work/live space/coworking space/ incubator centre for media arts/startups and entrepreneurs? Love to chat with anyone in Collingwood about bring The Creative Space to Collingwood. We can’t buy it, but we’ll help anyone interested in starting the process of growing a coworking community there or another old space in the downtown.

  5. Marg says:

    Hi Chad. I’m guessing you didn’t read the related posts because voila! That is almost exactly what happened. It is now a thriving, creative and award-winning, commercial and residential entity. See, you are brilliant! I hope you can get over to Collingwood and see for yourself.

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