Har­bour Grace eye­ing prop­erty pur­chase

Former bar neigh­bour of new town hall

The Compass - - NEWS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER TC ME­DIA nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

The Town of Har­bour Grace is eye­ing the pur­chase of the old Cuff’s Pub prop­erty.

A mo­tion was ap­proved at the town’s July 13 reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing.

The idea be­hind Coun. Hay­ward Blake’s mo­tion is to find a way to re­pur­pose old build­ings in the towns. Specif­i­cally, he men­tioned find­ing a per­ma­nent home for the Har­bour Grace Sports Hall of Fame.

The town has a rich sport­ing his­tory in ev­ery­thing from hockey to row­ing, and Blake sug­gested a way to pro­mote that his­tory to res­i­dents and tourists alike.

Cur­rently, the Hall of Fame re­sides in the bar area of the S.W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium but with the new arena sched­uled to open later this sum­mer, it could be without a space fairly soon.

“It’s housed at the sta­dium, but it needs to be re­done in a much bet­ter way,” said Blake. “I think you can grow it. I think we can re­pur­pose this build­ing next door to be an in­cu­ba­tor for small busi­ness that may want to start up here in the town.”

The Cuff’s prop­erty was last used sev­eral years ago as a lo­cal pub and be­fore that it was a con­ve­nience store.

Blake moved the town’s new chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer to en­gage in talks with the own­ers of the prop­erty “to see if we can work a deal where the town can take own­er­ship of (the build­ing).”

Di­lap­i­dated prop­er­ties

Af­ter hold­ing a mo­ment of si­lence for the pass­ing of renowned lo­cal hockey coach and sport­ing fig­ure Dick Power, talk moved at the meet­ing to many of the di­lap­i­dated prop­er­ties around Har­bour Grace.

The town wants to see the prop­er­ties cleared, along with ar­eas where a num­ber of bro­ken down ve­hi­cles are placed.

“With our MEO (mu­nic­i­pal en­force­ment of­fi­cer) in place, I was won­der­ing if we could get him to take a look at some of the wrecks around town,” said Coun. Tony McCarthy. “I know there was some dis­cus­sion be­fore about what a wreck was and what the def­i­ni­tion was. I know on Harvey Street, there are a bunch parked, and on south side, there are a bunch of ma­chines parked that you can’t get in and drive away.”

It was agreed the town would have its MEO look at the is­sues.

Fire depart­ment re­cruit­ment

Fire de­part­ments around the re­gion are al­ways look­ing for some fresh faces to re­stock the ranks.

Avail­able vol­un­teers can be at a premium for groups like fire­fight­ers, so it’s im­por­tant to get them when you can.

Re­cently, the Har­bour Grace Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade ini­ti­ated a re­cruit­ment drive in hopes of at­tract­ing more mem­bers.

It was re­vealed at coun­cil, they’ve al­ready re­ceived one ap­pli­ca­tion.

AN­DREW ROBIN­SON/THE COM­PASS

The old Cuff’s Pub prop­erty in Har­bour Grace has been iden­ti­fied as a po­ten­tial pur­chase by the town.

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