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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.