Town of Marys­town look­ing to ac­quire old ra­dio sta­tion prop­erty

Iden­ti­fied as great area for fur­ther de­vel­op­ment

The Southern Gazette - - Editorial - BY PAUL HERRIDGE MARYS­TOWN, N.L. [email protected]­erngazette.ca

The Town of Marys­town is re­quest­ing the pro­vin­cial govern­ment’s Lands Branch cre­ate a Crown land re­serve on a 49-acre prop­erty on Ville Marie Drive.

The land is the site of the for­mer CHCM ra­dio sta­tion, which was shut down by New­cap Inc. in 2016. The build­ing was de­mol­ished last year. The ra­dio sta­tion had been at the lo­ca­tion since the early 1960s.

Dur­ing Marys­town coun­cil’s meet­ing on Tues­day, Nov. 20, plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee chair Coun. Mike Bren­nan said the land be­came avail­able when New­cap let the lease ex­pire.

The Lands Act al­lows for the cre­ation of re­serves so mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties can ac­quire Crown lands for res­i­den­tial, com­mer­cial or in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment.

The re­serve is valid for a fiveyear pe­riod from the date it re­ceives min­is­te­rial ap­proval.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity may pur­chase all or part of the land within the re­serve dur­ing that time at mar­ket value.

Bren­nan said the town thought the prop­erty was a great area to ac­quire for fur­ther de­vel­op­ment.

“So we felt it was im­por­tant for us to make ap­pli­ca­tion,” he said. “It’s a beau­ti­ful piece of prop­erty.”

Mayor Sam Sy­nard es­ti­mated it could cost any­where from $150,000 to $200,000 to buy the land.

“It’s an in­vest­ment in our fu­ture,” Bren­nan said.

The Lands Branch now falls un­der the Depart­ment of Fish­eries and Land Re­sources.

SALTWIRE NET­WORK FILE PHOTO

Af­ter more than 50 years in op­er­a­tion, New­cap Inc. closed its CHCM ra­dio sta­tion in 2016 and tore down the build­ing in 2017. The sta­tion was sit­u­ated on 49-acres of Crown land. The Town of Marys­town has started the process to ac­quire the prop­erty.

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