Village buys property in downtown Charlotte

  • Jul. 4, 2007 11:00 a.m.

The Village of Queen Charlotte finalized the deal for a piece of property on the causeway in the downtown area on June 30.According to Mayor Carol Kulesha, the old All-West Glass property was purchased with the help of a Gwaii Trust grant, as the keystone for a larger project known as Spirit Square. The village paid $180,000 for the building, plus $5,000 in legal fees.The province funds Spirit Square projects to improve or create town squares or community commons with 50/50 matching funds up to $500,000.Mayor Kulesha says the idea is to create a meeting place, but no designs have been completed, so the project is open to input from business owners and the community.She says the piece of property can be used to help address traffic flow, parking and pedestrian safety issues too.She says the Ministry of Transportation and ICBC have both encouraged the town to resolve access and turnaround issues for larger vehicles entering the downtown area.She says this is an exciting opportunity and sees this as the beginning of a walkway between the Visitor Information Centre, the waterfront and the Community Hall.

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