Town of Marystown looking to acquire old radio station property
Identified as great area for further development
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.
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.