Montague getting first new house in many years

Steve Sharratt
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Montague Mayor Richard Collins. FILE PHOTO

MONTAGUE – With a record number of new businesses opening or expanding this year, the housing market in eastern P.E.I.’s largest town has finally inched ahead.

The very first private home to be built inside the town boundaries is set to begin construction this spring after an estimated $100,000 building permit was approved by town council.

It’s the first home in years to break ground inside town limits, other than structures built and designed as rental properties.

“We are the little town that keeps on growing,’’ said Mayor Richard Collins in response to the permit approval. “A good service centre will never die and only continue to grow.”

Collins was delighted last January to confirm the arrival of a record number of new businesses setting up the town in 2014; everything from Jason Aspin’s new headquarters in the former Addiction Services facility to a new flower shop.

Since then, three more have opened doors and helped clear up the number of vacant properties that once dotted the Main Street. One restaurant has gained such popularity, owners are planning an expansion.

“A new house being built is a sound of good things to come just like the large expansion of our waterfront and artisans this year,’’ he said. “We welcome everyone.”

While many new homes arise in the area, most are built outside the current town limits. The new home will rise on Robert Clements Drive.

Organizations: Addiction Services

Geographic location: Eastern P.E.I.

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  • Fed up
    May 22, 2014 - 18:10

    This is news? Drive through Charlottetown and see the dozens and dozens of houses for sale...because workers are being sent all over the Island...instead of leaving them in the City?..especially the provincial jobs! Workers are driving Far East and west because our Premier wants taxes on their gas! So people are forced to move...therefore empty houses! Not to mention all the empty provincial offices in the City!

  • caringgal
    May 22, 2014 - 10:07

    You have to be kidding....this is news?Maybe this new house is for the mayor.He lives in a B&B now!!

  • julie
    May 22, 2014 - 07:00

    I hope you guys are kidding. The permit didn't cost that. It's how much it's approved for.

  • ?????
    May 22, 2014 - 06:45

    $100,000 building permit? nuts

  • Sunny
    May 22, 2014 - 01:48

    Um....a $100,000 building permit?? No wonder no one builds! LOL