North Glen buys Mill Square

The Glengarry News - - News - BY AN­GELA BROWN News Staff

Sold! North Glen­garry is now the proud owner of a small va­cant plot of land at Mill Square in cen­tral Alexan­dria it has spent the past year try­ing to ac­quire.

At its meet­ing Mon­day, coun­cil agreed to pur­chase the 2,700 sq. ft. piece of greenspace lo­cated on the north-west side of Mill Square, next to the in­ter­lock­ing-stone prop­erty fac­ing Main Street the town­ship al­ready owns, in a part cash/part dona­tion deal.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity to have greater con­trol and be able to use that par­cel,” said CAO Daniel Gagnon, adding: “It was ridicu­lous not to be able to use that par­cel” for the town­ship’s “big­ger scheme” to beau­tify and de­velop Mill Square.

The town­ship will pay Pauline Lau­zon $25,000, plus a tax dona­tion re­ceipt for $10,000 to her daugh­ter Ni­cole Lau­zon, in pur­chas­ing this land from the prop­erty own­ers. The prop­erty had been as­sessed at a value of be­tween $15,000 to $35,000.

The town­ship will also in­stall a bench with a com­mem­o­ra­tive bronze plaque rec­og­niz­ing the Lau­zon fam­ily’s dona­tion.

“We ne­go­ti­ated a mix­ture of cash and dona­tion to try to limit the amount the tax­pay­ers would have to pro­vide, but still rec­og­nize there is a dona­tion el­e­ment in there,” said Mr. Gagnon.

The pur­chase amount was en­dorsed by the town­ship’s au­di­tors.

“(The prop­erty) is es­sen­tially too small to be very func­tional as a build­ing lot. How­ever, based on its strate­gic lo­ca­tion and the on­go­ing ef­forts to beau­tify and ren­der more func­tional Alexan­dria's down­town, coun­cil di­rected ad­min­is­tra­tion to ex­plore the op­por­tu­nity to pur­chase the par­cel of land,” Mr. Gagnon stated in his re­port.

He added by own­ing this piece of land the town­ship will be able to fur­ther fo­cus on its Com­mu­nity Im­prove­ment Plan to im­prove Mill Square and fur­ther de­velop the pocket park, cur­rently lo­cated on a patch of in­ter­lock­ing-stone prop­erty it ac­quired in 2014, where it re­cently in­stalled bistro- style seat­ing.

“It was just cry­ing out to be used as a pub­lic open space, and to be melded with the pocket park – to do the whole space all at once,” added Mr. Gagnon.

In the fall, the town­ship plans to in­stall a cross­walk that will con­nect Mill Square to the east side of Main Street.

The town­ship will also dec­o­rate the spruce tree on the newly ac­quired prop­erty as a com­mu­nity Christ­mas tree this Win­ter.

It will also look at restor­ing or re­plac­ing a large mu­ral lo­cated on the side wall of the build­ing at the north side of the prop­erty.

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