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Burin, NL identifies more upgrades for old, historic town centre

Heritage Square, located in the old, historic area of Burin, is popular with both tourists and locals. FILE/THE SOUTHERN GAZETTE
Heritage Square, located in the old, historic area of Burin, is popular with both tourists and locals. FILE/THE SOUTHERN GAZETTE
BURIN, N.L. —


Burin is hoping to make one of the region’s most picturesque locales even more attractive.

Town officials are preparing to meet with federal and provincial funding agencies to start the application process for phase two of the Heritage Square revitalization project.

"The intention is to do the work this summer," town manager Leo Hartson told Saltwire Network on Feb. 12.

“They’re on board with most of our ideas anyway, so we’re hoping . . . we started it, let’s keep going and get it done."

During its regular meeting on Feb. 11 Burin council approved four priorities recommended by the tourism and special events committee for phase two.

Committee chair Councillor Howard Lundrigan noted phase one of the project will wrap up in late May or early June.

Hartson told SaltWire only a small portion of the work is left to be done. These include adding shrubs anda few benches in the spring.

One major highlight of phase one was the creation of two entry nodes to Heritage Square, located in the historic area of Burin.

A park has also been added on the site where what is believed to have been the Burin Peninsula’s first courthouse once stood.

“We’ll have an opening sometime in the summer to bring some attention to (phase one of the) project,” Hartson said.


Heritage Square revitalization phase two priorities

- Heritage House II cedar shake replacement and repairs to rear wall and windows

- Former Highliner lot, now owned by the town, to be upgraded to main parking for passenger vehicles and tour buses

- Construction of fishing stage with wharf and flake below By D’ Rock Café

- Extension of sidewalk from Union Road to just beyond Police Road leading to a viewing area

paul.herridge@southerngazette.ca

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