You may have heard that there is a ‘he said – she said’ situation regarding the Marine Museum and whether or not they can stay at their current location.
The new owner of both the land and building has said that he has tried to work with the Museum group – and offered a number of opportunities to come up with a solution – but they have yet to come to the table with anything. So, he’s given them 120 days notice to hit the curb.
The Museum is saying that the rent they are being asked for is unreasonable and that they are being blindsided by all of this. They are now saying they may pull out and relocate to Hamilton. I’m not privy to all the details, but I’m sure if there is a will there is a way. Sure, things change – but this sounds a lot like my kids not getting their own way.
Here’s my thoughts on this: First, the person that bought the land has the right to do as they choose. If they wish to work with the museum to keep them in Kingston – great! If, however, he tries but they are unable to meet the new expectations or refuse to discuss possibilities or options…well then, it’s time to move on. Business is business.
So, let’s say that the Marine Museum does pick up and go. What should replace it? What would you like to see on the waterfront?
(pics courtesy of the kingston museums, the whig and picton-castle.com)