A couple recent things in the news:
The former Mary J.L. Black library building in Westfort, now vacated when the library moved to its new location, is likely going to become a martial arts school. A second bid was received for the building to turn it into some kind of club, but that bid was not considered to be acceptable by the listing agent.
City council approved a subdivision on Tuscany Dr., which contains a total of 60 lots for single detached homes at their last council meeting. Councillor Andrew Foulds spoke out against the proposal since its a reduction in lot numbers from the original proposal. Better something than nothing I would say... no?
A proposal to construct 4-4 unit apartment buildings on Ravenwood Ave. by the Oliver Rd Community Centre is meeting some resistance from area residents. Concerned residents contend increased traffic flow and parking congestion will result if the units are built. The buildings are being proposed for an empty lot that has been used as green space. The project planner is intending to accommodate all parking requirements off the street already. This development would be a start in helping relieve some of the pent up apartment demand in the city, even though it only represents a drop in the bucket of how many units are actually required.
The report was rather bland, but it sounds like Genivar (formerly Cook Engineering) is expanding to other locations in town, or they will be leaving their Syndicate Ave. office for a larger office. I couldn't understand which of the two it is though. Hopefully a move like this will highlight the problem with commercial office space in this town (the problem being the lack of large space).
The Elks building in Fort William has gone up for sale. There is an article on TBNews:
No mention of the Prosvita (from my post the other day), or any new possible location by name for that matter in the article, but they do say they have been scouting places out.
A couple other things I have noticed around town:
The road and services for the new lots at the end of Gemstone Dr., off of Hilldale, are being put in for what used to be a phase of the Silvertree subdivision. I am almost sure this is a different set of lots than the Tuscany development from above, but do correct me if I am wrong.
The skeleton of the new office and lab for True Grit Consulting Engineering is pretty well up in Innova.
Houses are popping up in just about every lot in the most recently opened phase of Parkdale (along the river near the expressway).
A vacant lot immediately behind the Superstore has been cleared. The lot was vacant and covered in shrubs prior to being cleared, and is on the north side of the road that runs behind Superstore and west of the new fenced parking lot Nissan put in. There are no signs there at this time indicating what is happening with the land.
The former chainsaw store/Direct Cabinets building at the corner of May St. and George St. has been completed renovated, and looks as though it is getting near completion now.