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Town wants opinions on use of old hospital site

By Suzanne Mason, special to Postmedia News

Niagara-on-the-Lake hospital. (File photo)

Niagara-on-the-Lake hospital. (File photo)

The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake is moving ahead with gathering public feedback on options for the former hospital property on Wellington Street that it purchased last March.

On Monday, after discussion about the issue during an in-camera session, council decided to form a subcommittee to look into how to move forward with public consultations.

Lord Mayor Pat Darte and Couns. Betty Disero, Maria Bau-Coote and Jim Collard were appointed to the subcommittee. They will also review submissions that come to the town during the public process.

The municipality bought the 2.4-hectare property from the Niagara Health System for $3.5 million. Since the closure of the hospital two years ago, the building has been used as a health-care facility with various medical services and family doctor practices located there.

The closing date for the town to take ownership of the property at 176 Wellington St. is September 2018.

The green space surrounding the former hospital is owned by Parks Canada.

Darte has said that the town is “completely open” to the future use of the former hospital site, but council wants to maintain control over what will be developed there. The property is located in the town’s historic district.

 



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