Record turnout for North Hat­ley meet­ing

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier North Hat­ley

North Hat­ley res­i­dents came out in full force for the first pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion over a pro­posed build­ing pro­ject in the town’s down­town sec­tor. Al­though the town’s coun­cil had ar­ranged seat­ing for 95 in the Com­mu­nity Hall last Wed­nes­day evening, 147 res­i­dents at­tended the meet­ing about the pro­ject that lo­cal de­vel­oper Richard Lal­ib­erté, who also at­tended, would like to build.

“Not all who at­tended were from North Hat­ley. Some were res­i­dents from some of the sur­round­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. The ob­ject of the meet­ing was to give the cit­i­zens a chance to ex­press the is­sues and the as­pects of a pro­ject like this that they are afraid of,” said North Hat­ley Gen­eral Man­ager, Leonard Castag­ner. “It was quite a hot meet­ing, phys­i­cally, that is,” joked Mr. Castag­ner about last Wed­nes­day evening’s warm tem­per­a­tures. “Ac­tu­ally, the gen­eral at­mos­phere at the meet­ing was good,” he added.

The pro­ject be­ing con­sid­ered, es­ti­mated at roughly $30 mil­lion, is the con­struc­tion of a build­ing that would house con­do­mini­ums, apart­ments, a se­niors res­i­dence and a few com­mer­cial ser­vices such as a small phar­macy. The land for the pro­ject, al­ready pur­chased by Mr. Lal­ib­erté, is sit­u­ated be­tween the down­town park­ing lot, Main Street and Capel­ton Road.

The is­sues that cit­i­zens were most con­cerned about re­volved around pop­u­la­tion den­sity in the small vil­lage, in­creased traf­fic, the aes­thet­ics of the build­ing and en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns. “Some cit­i­zens were con­cerned about the wa­ter re­quired and the waste wa­ter in such a pro­ject. But with our new wa­ter treat­ment plant that is be­ing built, I’m con­fi­dent there will be no wa­ter prob­lem,” said Mr. Castag­ner.

The town’s coun­cil is very much be­hind the pro­ject, believ­ing it is just what the town needs. “Ten per­cent of our pop­u­la­tion has left in the last ten years, that’s why coun­cil is in favour of this pro­ject,” said the Gen­eral Man­ager. An in­flux of res­i­dents would sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the tax bur­den on North Hat­ley’s cit­i­zens. “Ev­ery­one is in agree­ment that the town

is at a low eco­nom­i­cally and we must do some­thing.”

One cit­i­zen at the meet­ing, Mr. Camp­bell com­mented that the town was “dy­ing”. An­other res­i­dent, Tom Wil­cox, ex­pressed the im­por­tance of the pat­ri­mo­nial as­pect and level of qual­ity of the con­struc­tion, some­thing that was echoed by other cit­i­zens at the meet­ing. “Our cit­i­zens want to make sure that the new con­struc­tion would emerge well with the ex­ist­ing ar­chi­tec­ture,” added Mr. Castag­ner.

Now that a first meet­ing has been held with the pop­u­lace, the pro­moter will be­gin to study the is­sues and con­cerns as he pro­ceeds with the plan­ning. “It will take about six months to do the zon­ing changes, and about an­other six months to plan the con­struc­tion. It will be about fif­teen to eigh­teen months down­stream be­fore the shov­els would be­gin to dig.” An­other meet­ing with a more pre­cise pro­ject will be held in the fall for res­i­dents now that the ini­tial con­cerns have been heard. “In the end, the cit­i­zens will de­cide if they want this pro­ject,” con­cluded Mr. Castag­ner.

May 4th, 1943 – Septem­ber 9th, 2012 In Mem­ory of a loving Hus­band, Fa­ther, Grand­fa­ther, Great Grand­fa­ther, Son, Brother, Fam­ily Mem­ber and Friend.

Al­ways re­mem­bered with love.

The land in North Hat­ley where lo­cal de­vel­oper Richard Lal­ib­erté would like to build a hous­ing and com­mer­cial com­plex.

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