2019-03-13

Lunenburg has potential buyer for former library building

by Keith Corcoran

Lunenburg appears on the verge of selling the town's former library building.

During a recent special meeting, civic politicians agreed "to sell" the 500 square metre Pelham Street parcel and sanctioned Mayor Rachel Bailey and Bea Renton, the town's chief administrator, to sign the appropriate related documentation.

"My understanding is that the agreements are still with the town solicitor being finalized, so there is no formal approval from council as of yet on a final deal," Heather McCallum, a spokeswoman for the town, told LighthouseNOW in an email.

She said the town cannot announce anything as of yet. Provincial legislation allows municipalities to sell property at market value when the property is no longer required for the purposes of the municipality. The Pelham Street lot, which has been on the market less than a year, holds a market value assessment of $322,500. It's listed for sale at a cost of $369,000.

An online listing promotes the 49 year old building as having potentially "a great location for the town's first micro-brewery or eatery with a roof patio with harbour views" or other possibilities given its proximity to restaurants, the waterfront, retail stores and other amenities.

"A wonderful commercial opportunity awaits you with so many options available to you in this commercial zoned area," the listing reads. "This property offers great exposure on two highly travelled, high traffic areas in our business district. The building is currently vacant but has been home to the Town of Lunenburg's Library but once used as a liquor store as well as an art gallery."

Provincial library services in town moved to Kaulbach Street's Lunenburg Academy last year.

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