Mary Allen Neighbourhood 'Visioning' Meeting.
On October 18th I attended a meeting hosted by the City of Waterloo to discuss the future of St. Louis School and the parcel of land across from it. For those of you who missed the news the City of Waterloo bought St. Louis School (75 Allen Street East, Waterloo) and the piece of land across from it from the Waterloo Catholic District School Board and are now asking the residents of the Mary Allen neighbourhood how they see the building and land used in the future.
St. Louis school is part of the Mary Allen Neighbourhood. As a resident of this neighbourhood I have often walked by St. Louis school and imagined what it would have been like to have attended school there. It is a gracious old building built in 1905. Like schools of its age it has two separate entrances, one for boys and one for girls which adds to its architectural significance.
When I walked into the meeting I was impressed with the number of residents who were there. We sat at tables and talked about what we loved about our neighbourhood and how we saw it in the future, the year 2025 to be exact. Personally I call our neighbourhood Waterloo's best kept secret. Our streets are tree lined and for the most part quiet, our houses are of varing ages and styles. We have a strong active Neighbourhood Association that plans and runs community events. The city asked us to think about what we value now in our neighbourhood and what we would like to see in the future. We agreed overwhelmingly that we wanted to preserve the quietness of the streets, the well kept nature of the houses and the family friendly environment. Of course this is no surprise. As for the St. Louis School building the thought was that the it had architectural value and that future discussions would include the cost of renovations and upkeep to the building along with its use. There were many good suggestions for it including a combination of senior living and daycare and a community centre.
If you are interested in being part of this continuing process the City of Waterloo is holding two more meetings.
October 24th 7pm-9pm, Hauser Haus, Waterloo Recreation Complex. All are welcome
November 3rd 9am-3pm, Hauser Haus, Waterloo Recreation Complex. Seating is limited and they ask you to email your request to attend with an explaination of what your participation means to you.
I plan to attend both of these meetings. If you come please drop by my table and say hello. I would love to hear your opinions on what you see for St. Louis School. Hope to see you there.