It would appear a proposal by David Lavender, a local architect, to see what is surely an innovative and potentially spectacular waterfront project become a reality is going nowhere fast.
Lavender, who made a presentation to Sarnia City Council at its regular meeting on Monday (May 9), was looking for at least a “first step” in supporting a concept he’s calling RiverWalk, which he has estimated would cost $2 million to complete.
Funds for the project would have come from several sources, including a 150 Canada fund that is being made available to communities. There is also potential funds associated with the Sarnia Centennial Legacy project, which was at least partially stalled by remediation work at Centennial Park.
Sarnia City Council as a whole was having none of it.
A motion to at least have a “low level” feasibility study conducted on the concept was defeated 4-3 by Council.
“We have no money and no time to be endorsing any kind of study right now for a $2-million possibility on our waterfront,” said Councillor Cindy Scholten. “This is not the right time for that.”
Lavender remains optimistic that the project is viable and that community support will determine whether it becomes a reality. He says he has received verbal support from many, including Tourism Sarnia-Lambton.