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BRUDENELL - On the heels of a multi-million dollar Buddhist nunnery approved by the Brudenell community council, a second property purchase is being finalized that might create a combined 250 acre Buddhist complex.
The Great Wisdom Buddhist Institute is looking for rural peace and quiet to set up a monastery with a number of dormitories to accommodate 100 to 200 people.
The property is the former Willy DeLodder farm on the Robertson Road en route to the Three Rivers Roma historic site.
The proposed project and rezoning has been given approval by the Brudenell community council and is before the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission (IRAC).
However, a second and adjacent property purchase approval is wending its way through the system.
An 80 acre site, known as the former Neil MacDonald farm and called Three Rivers Landing, has been sold to Taiwanese interests.
It has been signed off by two people who file their address as Uigg, P.E.I., and are apparently connected with the same group purchasing and building the nunnery.
There is no official information at this time regarding plans for the additional land which also features considerable waterfront.
“Council has given preliminary approval to the Delodder property for the rezoning,’’ confirmed Coun. Brian Harding. “It is now in IRAC’s hands.”
The rezoning requests the property be changed from rural residential to agricultural.
The Great Wisdom Buddhist Institute is entirely separate from the group known as the “monks” of the Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society (GEBIS), which operates a large monastery in Little Sands and a number of organic farms in the Heatherdale region.
The council was presented with the plan late last month where residents offered no specific resistance, but had questions about property values and future plans of the development.
Council was told the nuns wish to live a quiet and cloistered life and say their mission is to nurture life.
However, the second purchase now in the works has prompted current land and cottage owners who border the property to form an association concerned with future plans.