With Victor Boutin poised to make another campaign stop in Chatham on behalf of mayor Randy Hope’s “Vote Hope Or Else I Take My Millions And Go Home” tour to announce the acquisition of more property at 143 Wellington Street, some additional information about his earlier statements has emerged.
Boutin told reporters he has built similar projects in other communities, including Woodstock and Hamilton and said he has been encouraged by Hope to invest heavily in Chatham-Kent.
But Boutin said that should the mayor fail to be re-elected next month, he would withdraw his plans.
Asked what might happen if Hope lost the election, Boutin responded, “that will change everything. I’m going to pull out.”- Wallaceburg Courier Press
Victor Boutin has but one single project in Woodstock, the renovation of an old sock factory at 311 Dundas Street into housing units. The project got off to a slow start, and required a zoning variance.
According to the Woodstock Engineering Department, the building is 60-65% done, and workers are aggressively attempting to finish the job. Woodstock has had no complaints about Everlast Group or Victor Boutin, though news of his election ultimatum in Chatham-Kent raised eyebrows. Woodstock says that is the only project on file by Everlast Group.
A Woodstock Sentinel Review reporter offered me the following observations: “The last I saw the building however, the renovation was well underway. Structural done, new windows, roofing complete, EIFS cladding and brick starting on the exterior, etc. Mr. Boutin had applied for affordable housing funding but did not receive any. The project was delayed for some time as there had been a fuel/oil tank near the property that had leached into the soil which required remediation prior to the work commencing. If they close the building envelope before the snow flies, the project should be complete by spring of 2011.”
The value of this project is $2.5 million.
While this does appear to be a serious and genuine effort in Woodstock, the E.E. Paquette building renovation is not the same league as his brand new $50 million Boardwalk on the Thames proposal. It is also not complete yet. Mr. Boutin does not appear to have any record of completing buildings comparable to his Chatham announcements despite his boasts.
Boutin said he has taken that stand as a result of an experience in Georgetown when his plans for a large condominium project were delayed for years by that municipality.
He said it came down to the fact that the newly-elected mayor there didn’t have the same level of support that the previous one had of the project, and Boutin said he doesn’t want to see the same thing happen in Chatham-Kent. - Wallaceburg Courier Press
Mr. Boutin immediately hired the defeated mayor of Halton Hills to spearhead his Barber Mill project. While no evidence has been found indicating that mayor Bonnette did not support the project, Boutin’s use of a rival can only be self-inflicted damage. Most of the opposition came from the public.
Despite a formal freedom of information request, mayor Hope and the municipality refuses to release the most basic of information about Mr. Boutin’s proposal.
I am asking mayor Randy Hope what Mr. Boutin requires that only Hope can do.
In my opinion, this is going to cost taxpayers a lot of money.