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Letter: Cox Warehouse renovation a tremendous achievement  


The Cox Warehouse

Phase 1 of the Cox Warehouse Redevelopment Project was completed one year ago.

Yes, the project has left the Shelburne Historical Society with a considerable financial debt. However, there is much to celebrate, as well.

The completion of this project is a major accomplishment which has provided many short-term positive benefits for the community, as well as significant long-term benefits.

Short-term benefits:

  • Significant economic benefits for the local building supply and hardware businesses. The purchases are estimated to be greater than $250,000 for both our project and the leasehold improvements;
  • Employment for more than 12 tradespeople at a time of year when work is typically scarce. For instance, the carpenter work crew which averaged five people had more than 20 weeks of work;
  • Provided the Society’s Maintenance Manager, who normally works part-time in the off season, with full-time employment.

Long-term benefits:

  • It cannot be emphasized enough how the redevelopment of Cox Warehouse, with a vibrant business occupying it, has had an incredibly positive effect on the community. It is very encouraging for the community and has resulted in a positive attitude about things actually succeeding in Shelburne. Once the project started, and as it progressed to completion, there was genuine excitement and a regular stream of citizens coming by to see the progress and offer many compliments on the improved appearance of the building;
  • The redevelopment project, which has made the building an attractive location, has sparked considerable interest in others who wish to rent;
  • The redevelopment project and combined leasehold improvements have given Shelburne Physiotherapy an expanded, state-of-the-art facility which is attracting new professionals and clients to the community;
  • As part of Shelburne Physiotherapy’s expansion, they created a large gym with sufficient space to service both their clients as well as the public. The success of the public use of the gym is well beyond their expectations, and they have already come to the Society with a proposal to expand their space;
  • The addition of the gym to the community has been an unanticipated benefit. It has attracted a large number of citizens and community college students who use it regularly. It is open seven days per week – Monday to Friday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., and weekends from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. – enlivening the waterfront area and providing positive health benefits to the community;
  • Having a thriving and very busy business, which brings people from all of southwestern Nova Scotia to the historic district, has had positive economic benefits to the other local businesses;
  • The completion of this project has turned what was a huge liability for the Society into an asset which has the potential to provide income instead of being a constant financial drain and concern. The building is an historic icon on the waterfront that has been saved, for which the whole community should be proud.

Despite the many challenges this project presented, we got there. We thank all who have supported us along the way.




Shelburne Historical Society Board of Directors

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