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The City of St. Thomas and the Estate of Dorothy Fay Palmer are very pleased to announce that the Dorothy Palmer Estate will provide a significant financial contribution of $575,000 toward the rejuvenation of the historic London & Port Stanley (L&PS) Rail Corridor.

This exciting project is intended to transform the very core of the City as a replica L&PS Railway Station, a project of the St. Thomas and Area Homebuilders Association, is installed on the north side of Talbot Street, rail tracks are reinstalled from Centre Street through to the north side of Talbot Street, and the development of “a people place and paved pathway” takes place between Wellington Street and Kains Street.  Working with many community partners this project is intended to be underway in early spring 2013 and will serve as a focal point, event venue, and tourist attraction for years to come.

Mayor Heather Jackson states, “opportunities of this scale come along once in a lifetime and the City is extremely appreciative of the support of Andrew Gunn and the donation of the Dorothy Palmer Estate to enable it to happen”.

Andrew Gunn, Trustee of the Dorothy Palmer Estate, comments, “this project is very important for the future of downtown St. Thomas. We are adding green space, providing tourism and recreation opportunities, and rejuvenating key elements of our railway heritage. John and Dorothy Palmer would be pleased to know that part of their legacy will be the revitalization of the historic L&PS Railway, which will be enjoyed by residents and visitors for many years to come. My thanks to the City of St. Thomas and all our community partners for helping to make this project happen.”

Elements of the current reconstruction of Moore Street from Talbot to Centre Street have been coordinated to become part of this overall project. Phase One of the actual corridor project is estimated at $751,000, which will be largely funded through the combination of several grants that have been leveraged. In the months ahead final planning and consultation with many community partners will be completed in order to see the project come to fruition.

For further information, please contact:

The City of St. Thomas
Mayor H. Jackson
(519) 631-1680 X4131
The Dorothy Fay Palmer Estate
Mr. Andrew Gunn, Trustee
(519) 637-3597