Preserving Niagara-on-the-Lake’s heritage since 1962.
We like to fund raise in style. Support our activities. Every summer The Niagara Foundation holds three cocktail parties, each on a different Saturday, at a different home in Niagara-on-the-Lake. From 5:30-7:30 drinks and hors d'oeuvres are served in a garden setting, rain or shine. $200 per person - come once, twice or every time!
2023 dates are:
Saturday, June 17
Saturday, July 15
Saturday, August 12
To purchase tickets, contact Jane Dagg at 905.468.7781 or [email protected].
Each year The Niagara Foundation chooses a resident of Niagara-on-the-Lake to receive the Foundation’s prestigious Living Landmark Award. The recipient of the award is an individual who the Foundation feels has made an outstanding contribution to the quality of life in Niagara. The 2023 dinner will be Saturday, Nov. 18, at Navy Hall. In 2022 we recognized Jim Alexander.Past recipients
Goettler Family Foundation Pledges $1 Million To Help Safeguard The Wilderness Read 2022 announcement
Niagara Foundation to Acquire Half Interest in Historic 5.5-acre Niagara-on-the-Lake Woods Read 2018 news release
The Niagara Foundation asked candidates in the 2022 municipal election to share their views on a number of key heritage and development issues that are important to our community. Read what the candidates said
Foundation to Town re Transportation Master Plan July 25, 2022 Read submission>
Foundation to Council re Rand Estate Sept. 27, 2021 Read submission>
Foundation to Council re Parliament Oak Sept. 27, 2021 Read submission
THE NIAGARA FOUNDATION
PO Box 790, NOTL, ON L0S 1J0
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Mary Street proposed condominium building as would be viewed from Mississagua Street
February 14, 2023
On behalf of The Niagara Foundation, I wish to register our strong objection to the Official Plan Amendment (“OPA”) proposed for 223-227 Mary Street.
The current application is the second time since 2015 this wholly inappropriate and incompatible project has been presented to Council for consideration. In 2015, The Niagara Foundation engaged Lehman & Associates (“Lehman”) to prepare a planning opinion on the proposed OPA. This document concluded, among other findings, that:
“The planning approvals requested would allow for the construction of a building with a mass and height that is out of character with both the immediately adjacent uses and the surrounding neighborhood. While a full analysis of character cannot be undertaken as there is no site plan application before the Town, it is clear that a four-story building located in the middle of a block is not consistent with the built form, massing or spacing of the existing homes in the area.”
Earlier this year, we re-engaged Lehman to update the report. The conclusions in the 2023 report are consistent with the 2015 version, identifying numerous shortcomings in the application, areas where the application fails to meet requirements of the Official Plan and the approach taken in submitting the application. However, a single statement perhaps best summarizes the report’s findings:
“It is difficult to find an adjective that describes how inconsistent the proposed building is with the existing or planned densities."
The 2015 and 2023 Lehman reports are enclosed.
The Niagara Foundation was established as a voluntary charitable organization in 1962 to promote the history, traditions, and culture of the Niagara area. We believe heritage architecture—not just individual buildings but the context, streetscape, landscaping, and related features—are worth preserving. We are not anti-development and recognize that growth is both inevitable and desirable. However, the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake has identified intensification areas within the Old Town…and Mary Street is not one of those zones.
In order to limit the assault on Niagara-on-the-Lake heritage, we strongly recommend that the Town: a) enlarge and rigidly define the Heritage Area; b) set parameters for development within this area; and c) be clear, act consistently and defend these parameters. Above all, we recommend that you do not create a precedent for similar applications by approving the proposed OPA at 223 – 227 Mary Street.
The Niagara Foundation
Lyle Hall, President
Mary Street proposed condominium building as would be viewed from William Street
Lyle Hall presentation Feb. 14, 2023 View PDF
Lehman & Associates 2023 report View PDF
Lehman & Associates 2015 report View PDF