2020-09-30

Plans underway to make former school bus garage a microbrewery

by Kevin Mcbain

  • <p>CONTRIBUTED PHOTO</p><p>The former South Shore Regional Centre for Education school bus garage in Caledonia has been vacant for about two years, but may soon be repurposed as a microbrewery.</p>

Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The sale of the North Queens bus garage located at 9692 Highway 8 in Caledonia is nearing completion.

The former school bus garage beside the North Queens Medical Centre was turned back over to the region two years ago after the South Shore Regional Centre For Education decided it was no longer needed.

According to Region of Queens Municipality (RQM) documents, Michael Laurie of the Halifax-based company, Oakfield Enterprises, has plans to convert the property into a microbrewery. However, before the sale goes through the property needs to be rezoned from the current Institutional 1 zone to a Highway Commercial 2 Zone.

"The purchaser of the property should be commended for bringing that to a small area such as Caledonia," said RQM councillor Susan MacLeod at the most recent council meeting September 22 regarding the possible purchase. "It also brings the potential for employment in the area."

Laurie could not be reached for comment.

The building is about 3,884 square feet (314 square metres) and was constructed in 1986. The property encompasses 5.6 acres.

The request for rezoning went through the planning advisory committee August 17 and a subsequent council meeting August 25. A public hearing was held September 21 in Caledonia with only a few in attendance.

RQM residents and others have until October 15 to appeal the sale.

The building and property are listed for sale on realtor.ca for $179,000.

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