Bat­ter up

Re­serve Mines woman hopes for re­zon­ing for bat­ting cages.

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­post.com

A Re­serve Mines woman is hop­ing to strike a home run with a new busi­ness idea.

Lorraine Paulin hopes to open an out­door recre­ational busi­ness fea­tur­ing bat­ting cages.

“I want to start with three bat­ting cages and then hope­fully add two more later on if it’s suc­cess­ful enough.”

Paulin, who lives on Cen­tre­ville Road, owns about 10 acres of land which ex­tends to the culde-sac on Thomp­sonville Road.

She has ap­plied to the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity for a chang­ing in zon­ing for Tomp­kinsville Road, from residential to com­mer­cial.

“I’m about 400 me­tres away from where I would be able to get a per­mit,” she said.

She was work­ing out west for Im­pe­rial Oil, but the job ended.

“I could look for another job out West but I’m hop­ing to cre­ate my own em­ploy­ment here so I don’t have to go back out West.”

Paulin, a mem­ber of the women’s soft­ball league, said there are more than 280 play­ers in the women’s league alone, and then there are youth and men’s leagues.

She thinks bat­ting cages will do well as Cape Bre­ton loves ball.

“We eat and breath it, just like hockey.”

She said as well as out­door recre­ation for the public, it would serve as a great form of prac­tise for teams like the Glace Bay Colonels. She plans on ac­quir­ing state-of-the-art equip­ment with dif­fer­ent speeds and skill lev­els.

“In our area all the teams like the Colonels they go away to the world tour­na­ments and all that.”

Paulin or­ga­nizes a mixed ball tour­na­ment in mem­ory of the late Sgt. Jimmy MacNeil an­nu­ally. She said her plan would in­clude not only hir­ing Glace Bay High School stu­dents but also do­nat­ing some of the prof­its to­wards the tour­na­ment schol­ar­ship ev­ery year.

As well, she hopes to be able to put a lit­tle park up in an area near the bat­ting cages, with swings and a slide.

Paulin is hope­ful the re­zon­ing will be granted but said she’s been told peo­ple in the Re­serve Mines area might not like the ex­tra traf­fic and ex­tra noise that comes with it. She dis­agrees.

“We have the air­port above us, that’s loud and we have the Speed­way on Sun­days that you can hear from Do­min­ion Beach.”

Ge­orge Mac­Don­ald, deputy mayor and Dist. 9 Coun. for the CBRM, said the re­quest has been made be­fore coun­cil.

“The plan­ning depart­ment will bring an is­sue pa­per back to coun­cil, prob­a­bly by the end of sum­mer, and then coun­cil will make a de­ci­sion on the value of re­zon­ing.”

Mac­Don­ald said the pro­ject sounded good, but it’s a residential zone.

“The road would go through the residential area of Tomp­kinsville, there would have to be a meet­ing with res­i­dents,” he said.

How­ever Mac­Don­ald said if the plan­ning depart­ment rec­om­mends against it, it wouldn’t even get to a public hear­ing.

“We haven’t even looked at the merit of the pro­ject yet, we’re wait­ing un­til we get all the pros and cons from the plan­ning depart­ment.”

SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Lorraine Paulin, of Re­serve Mines, checks out land she owns on Tomp­kinsville Road, where she hopes to open an out­door recre­ational fa­cil­ity, in­clud­ing bat­ting cages. Paulin has put in a re­quest to Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity coun­cil for re­zon­ing for the area to al­low for the new busi­ness.

Ge­orge Mac­Don­ald

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