Harbour Grace eyeing property purchase
Former bar neighbour of new town hall
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).”
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.
The old Cuff’s Pub property in Harbour Grace has been identified as a potential purchase by the town.