One of former hospital site developers talks about how things ‘came together’

Kenn Poore helped with the rebirth of downtown, then stayed, taking on a role in the community's continuing transformation

Kenn Poore recalls getting a call from his brother, Richard Poore, then one of the forces behind what a community theatre group hoped would result in a viable redevelopment of a long-closed Capitol Theatre in downtown Sarnia.

That, as Kenn tells it, became the start of a five-year project that ultimately resulted in him staying in Sarnia, having met his wife Donna in the process.

Lambton Shield Editor J.D. Booth spoke with Kenn about his background in commercial real estate, how he got to be in that business, and how the GFive development group took another stab at turning an eyesore (the former Sarnia General Hospital site) into something for which the community can take pride.

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