Belle Vue - Imagine the Possibilities

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Amherstburg has been presented with a potentially exciting new chapter for the currently dormant Belle Vue National Historic Site!

We are thrilled to share an outline of the proposed development concept drawings with the community and clarify the next steps to evaluate the proposal.

At the October 10, 2023, Regular Council Meeting, Council approved proceeding with the next steps for the Amico-Loop Belle Vue proposal. Representatives from the Amico-Loop team were present and provided a presentation of their vision for the site's future, with a concept nothing short of extraordinary.

The plan is in two parts and outlined in the Belle Vue Entire Grounds Concept Drawing Amico-Loop, found to the right under documents.





PART 1: Residential Development with Historic Charm

Concept designs for the proposed residential development. Two two-storey homes with a heritage feel.



The back 4 acres propose a residential development that embraces the historic allure of the Belle Estate, honouring its rich heritage.

PART 2: Belle Vue Restoration

The Belle Vue Manor will undergo meticulous restoration, preserving all its historic exterior architectural elements in the Palladian style. The interior will echo this character while ensuring accessibility and sustainability, especially for businesses in the hospitality industry.

Hospitality Haven:
Their vision includes the establishment of an Inn, a spa, restaurant and a hotel annex complete with a pool and gardens, creating a serene and luxurious ambience.

Four images of concept interior room designs for a dining area, lounge, meeting space and bedroom.We invite you to explore the concept drawing available in the Documents section of this project page or simply CLICK HERE to witness the proposed future of Belle Vue.

NEXT STEPS

This exciting development is just the beginning of a transformative journey for the Belle Vue National Historic Site. Council, recognizing the potential of this venture, has empowered the Administration to proceed with the following steps, which encompass:

Financial Evaluation:
A third-party in-depth review of the proposal's financial aspects, economic drivers for the Town and viability and feasibility to be executed will ensure a sustainable future for this grand endeavour.

Property Valuation:

The proposal has included that should the Council decide to approve it, the Belle Vue manor and property would no longer be owned by the town. As such, Administration is seeking a valuation of the Belle Vue manor and property as part of the next steps in evaluating the submission. Should Council decide to approve and proceed with negotiations on this project, the valuation of the property and manor will form a valuable part of those discussions, giving clarity to the potential sale value.

Recognition of Donations:
Council directed that Administration facilitate meetings between the proponent and the Belle Vue Conservancy (BVC) as part of the next steps. It is important for the town to ensure the proponent is aware of the donations made to the BVC for the restoration of the roof and windows and to ensure the corresponding donor acknowledgements are honoured. These discussions will also address the collection of antiques the BVC has received to enrich the site's historical tapestry.

Protection and Preservation of the Estate
In the event of Council proceeds forward with negotiations on this proposal, Amherstburg's Heritage Planner will provide the requirements for the Heritage Impact Assessment and Heritage Conservation Plan, in accordance with the Ontario Heritage Act as well as the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada. With the guidance of Legal Council, an agreement will be prepared explicitly outlining the ongoing restoration, preservation, and maintenance requirements for the site and of the Belle Vue Manor. This agreement can be registered on the title so that it is enforceable regardless of whether the municipality owns the property or if the property changes ownership in the future.

Public Input:
Administration will assist Amico-Loop in obtaining public input on using the grounds and gallery at the newly developed Hotel/Inn Spa/Restaurant. In addition, Council has requested community input regarding ownership of the site. At a future date, a public survey will be conducted to capture your preferences, ensuring that Belle Vue reflects the desires and aspirations of our community. SURVEY AVAILABLE until March 6!

MEET THE TEAM

Let's take a moment to appreciate the remarkable team behind this proposal :

Meet the Operator – The Loop Family:
The Loop family, experienced operators in the hospitality industry, will manage the inn, spa, and hotel annex. Their successful ventures in Kingsville, including Jack's Gastropub and Banded Goose Brewing Company, testify to their expertise. They also operate various distinctive inns and have a deep understanding of the local landscape, ensuring a seamless and delightful experience for visitors. With their involvement, we are confident in the flourishing future of Belle Vue as a hospitality and wedding venue.

Meet the Developer – Amico:
Amico, a seasoned development and construction company with over three decades of experience, has spearheaded projects across the province. Their dedication to historical compatibility and community needs makes them the ideal custodians of Belle Vue. Partnering with Sarah Gray from RDH Building Science, an expert in heritage restoration, Amico is poised to breathe new life into Belle Vue Manor, blending modernity with its rich historical essence.


This exciting chapter in Amherstburg's history is a testament to our community's resilience and vision. Together, we are preserving the past and forging a future where the Belle Vue National Historic Site stands as a beacon of heritage, hospitality, and community pride.

Stay tuned for more updates as we embark on this remarkable journey together!

NEW! Virtual tour of Belle Vue's interior as of 2023.


Amherstburg has been presented with a potentially exciting new chapter for the currently dormant Belle Vue National Historic Site!

We are thrilled to share an outline of the proposed development concept drawings with the community and clarify the next steps to evaluate the proposal.

At the October 10, 2023, Regular Council Meeting, Council approved proceeding with the next steps for the Amico-Loop Belle Vue proposal. Representatives from the Amico-Loop team were present and provided a presentation of their vision for the site's future, with a concept nothing short of extraordinary.

The plan is in two parts and outlined in the Belle Vue Entire Grounds Concept Drawing Amico-Loop, found to the right under documents.





PART 1: Residential Development with Historic Charm

Concept designs for the proposed residential development. Two two-storey homes with a heritage feel.



The back 4 acres propose a residential development that embraces the historic allure of the Belle Estate, honouring its rich heritage.

PART 2: Belle Vue Restoration

The Belle Vue Manor will undergo meticulous restoration, preserving all its historic exterior architectural elements in the Palladian style. The interior will echo this character while ensuring accessibility and sustainability, especially for businesses in the hospitality industry.

Hospitality Haven:
Their vision includes the establishment of an Inn, a spa, restaurant and a hotel annex complete with a pool and gardens, creating a serene and luxurious ambience.

Four images of concept interior room designs for a dining area, lounge, meeting space and bedroom.We invite you to explore the concept drawing available in the Documents section of this project page or simply CLICK HERE to witness the proposed future of Belle Vue.

NEXT STEPS

This exciting development is just the beginning of a transformative journey for the Belle Vue National Historic Site. Council, recognizing the potential of this venture, has empowered the Administration to proceed with the following steps, which encompass:

Financial Evaluation:
A third-party in-depth review of the proposal's financial aspects, economic drivers for the Town and viability and feasibility to be executed will ensure a sustainable future for this grand endeavour.

Property Valuation:

The proposal has included that should the Council decide to approve it, the Belle Vue manor and property would no longer be owned by the town. As such, Administration is seeking a valuation of the Belle Vue manor and property as part of the next steps in evaluating the submission. Should Council decide to approve and proceed with negotiations on this project, the valuation of the property and manor will form a valuable part of those discussions, giving clarity to the potential sale value.

Recognition of Donations:
Council directed that Administration facilitate meetings between the proponent and the Belle Vue Conservancy (BVC) as part of the next steps. It is important for the town to ensure the proponent is aware of the donations made to the BVC for the restoration of the roof and windows and to ensure the corresponding donor acknowledgements are honoured. These discussions will also address the collection of antiques the BVC has received to enrich the site's historical tapestry.

Protection and Preservation of the Estate
In the event of Council proceeds forward with negotiations on this proposal, Amherstburg's Heritage Planner will provide the requirements for the Heritage Impact Assessment and Heritage Conservation Plan, in accordance with the Ontario Heritage Act as well as the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada. With the guidance of Legal Council, an agreement will be prepared explicitly outlining the ongoing restoration, preservation, and maintenance requirements for the site and of the Belle Vue Manor. This agreement can be registered on the title so that it is enforceable regardless of whether the municipality owns the property or if the property changes ownership in the future.

Public Input:
Administration will assist Amico-Loop in obtaining public input on using the grounds and gallery at the newly developed Hotel/Inn Spa/Restaurant. In addition, Council has requested community input regarding ownership of the site. At a future date, a public survey will be conducted to capture your preferences, ensuring that Belle Vue reflects the desires and aspirations of our community. SURVEY AVAILABLE until March 6!

MEET THE TEAM

Let's take a moment to appreciate the remarkable team behind this proposal :

Meet the Operator – The Loop Family:
The Loop family, experienced operators in the hospitality industry, will manage the inn, spa, and hotel annex. Their successful ventures in Kingsville, including Jack's Gastropub and Banded Goose Brewing Company, testify to their expertise. They also operate various distinctive inns and have a deep understanding of the local landscape, ensuring a seamless and delightful experience for visitors. With their involvement, we are confident in the flourishing future of Belle Vue as a hospitality and wedding venue.

Meet the Developer – Amico:
Amico, a seasoned development and construction company with over three decades of experience, has spearheaded projects across the province. Their dedication to historical compatibility and community needs makes them the ideal custodians of Belle Vue. Partnering with Sarah Gray from RDH Building Science, an expert in heritage restoration, Amico is poised to breathe new life into Belle Vue Manor, blending modernity with its rich historical essence.


This exciting chapter in Amherstburg's history is a testament to our community's resilience and vision. Together, we are preserving the past and forging a future where the Belle Vue National Historic Site stands as a beacon of heritage, hospitality, and community pride.

Stay tuned for more updates as we embark on this remarkable journey together!

NEW! Virtual tour of Belle Vue's interior as of 2023.

  • The Town of Amherstburg is reviewing the proposed development for the currently dormant Belle Vue National Historic Site.  As part of the following steps, the proponent, Amico-Loop, and the Council would like to obtain resident feedback on public access to the property and ownership. 

    This is a quick survey with 6 questions. To complete the survey, it is recommended to view the concept drawings for the grounds and interior and the current state of the interior first. 

    Should you need accommodation to complete the application, please call 519-736-0012 or email accessibility@amherstburg.ca. We are happy to help!

    The deadline for all surveys, including completed hard copies, is March 6, 2024 and can be dropped off at Town Hall, 271 Sandwich Street.

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