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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Amherstburg changes course, agrees to buy historic Belle Vue

The Windsor Star/Mary Caton

[with video]  http://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/amherstburg-reverses-course-agrees-to-buy-historic-belle-vue

The past few months have been an emotional roller-coaster for those in the Amherstburg community with a doggish loyalty to the historic Belle Vue house.

That fierce dedication was rewarded Monday when the group was part of a three-pronged delegation strike that helped convince council to reverse course and purchase the 8.6-acre property for $1.1 million and preserve it for future generations.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo cast the deciding vote in a 3-2 count. Deputy Mayor Bart DiPasquale and councillor Joan Courtney voted with DiCarlo while councillors Leo Meloche and Rick Fryer were against. Councillors Jason Lavigne and Diane Pouget declared a conflict of interest.

“I’m still pinching myself this morning,” said Paul Hertel, who serves as president of the Belle Vue Cultural Foundation. “It’s a lot of work to get something going and get something seriously reconsidered. It’s a wonderful tribute to the people in town who supported our cause.”

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