North Glen buys Mill Square
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.