I was fortunate enough to seek approval for a recommendation that I will be presenting to Cornwall City Council on Monday Night, to the Water Front Development Committee. While I was waiting to present I had the great pleasure of listening to Mr. Bob Pelda and Mr. Bill Kaneb explain their plans to enrich their properties surrounding the Cotton Mill Lofts with some interesting and exciting development!
The project called “Le Village Marché” which translates to “The Village Market” involves several phases that would take place over a proposed 7 year period. It reminded me of our very own Byward Market but better! The Market is popular and people love to walk around and shop in this popular Ottawa hot-spot! Its proximity to parliament and Ottawa’s downtown corridor make it an ideal place to visit, shop and live nearby.
Le Village Marché reminded me of the Byward Market because the concept involves developing the old Cotton Mill Site and will include:
- Restoring and preserving a buried masonry feature of beautiful stone; which once was part of a bridge and canal.
- The addition of a Waterfall.
- Displaying historical artifacts from local Citizens in an ideal setting.
- The development of retail location that could house delicatessens and those services similar to the Byward Market.
- Walk-Ways and sitting areas on the pier and water front.
The development would expand the waterfront and would now mean from Lamoureux Park through the Marina and Ball Parks and now into Le Village Marché would add a missing link and would definitely be an upgrade and a welcomed addition to the area. It’s proximity to the Dowtown and the Park reminded me of Ottawa but the fact that you can actually sit on the water gives it the potential to be an even greater attraction! The addition would no doubt spur development of an often ignored portion of the city and would help draw traffic to another area other than Brookdale! The businesses along Montreal Road would no doubt see an increase in traffic and the proximity of the Benson Center, Civic Complex, Cornwall Square, Downtown and Aquatics Center make development or the purchase of nearby condos more attractive to buyers. Not to mention you can navigate your way to Brookdale Avenue’s and the Dowtown areas Hotels and Businesses in less than 5 minutes!
“The BEST part is that all of this will create new tax revenue and the construction will cost to the City of Cornwall is NOTHING, ZERO, $0.00!”
City Praised for Services!
The developer Mr. Pelda and Mr. Bill Kaneb are doing this on their own and then will turn it over to the City once completed! Mr. Pelda has managed projects throughout many diverse areas of North America. He has development from the North West Territories, to Arizona, Florida and Belize in Central America. He has built in nearly every province within Canada.
During his presentation he noted that the City of Cornwall’s Building and Permits Department has been excellent to deal. This is much welcomed news since I personally am a Swimming Pool Contractor and have heard many frustrations with this department over the years but as it turns out this doesn’t seem to be unique to our community and in comparison this particular builder was extremely professional in praising the City for their efforts!
So what does this mean? It means a new and arguably more attractive area of the city will be soon under construction and it will hopefully begin to change the image of a less than attractive residential sector and attract visitors to the city. I would like to think that improving our hardsacpes, adding historical artifacts and adding a place that would enhance the culture would be much welcomed to the artistic community as well.
There are times when you are proud to still be around to see landmark changes to your community and this will no doubt be one of them! WATCH OUT CORNWALL!