Kensington mayor looking to buy property from town

Nancy MacPhee
Published on December 17, 2015

Kensington Mayor Rowan Caseley 

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Kensington’s mayor is looking to purchase property from the town. 

Mayor Rowan Caseley declared a conflict of interest when disposal of a portion of the property at 2 North St., which is owned by the town, arose at a recent meeting.

“There were two old warehouses over there, directly behind the Credit Union,” town manager Geoff Baker said, in explaining the property at 2 North St. “We negotiated a purchase of that property in 2012 and we had a little bit of a land swap at that time so that we could get our hands on those two properties.”

Since then the warehouses were demolished and the land sits vacant.

Caseley put in a formal request asking that the town dispose of a portion of 2 North St. to provide off-street parking for 61 Broadway St. North, known as King George Professional Centre, a property the mayor wants to purchase.

The remaining section of 2 North St. could be appended to a property at 59 Broadway St. North, which is owned by artist Anne Gallant.

When contacted, Gallant expressed no interest in purchasing the remaining property of the property in question, said Geoff Baker.

Caseley is the only interested buyer of the North Street property.

The remaining portion would remain the property of the town and reserved to be appended to Gallant’s building if it were to be sold in the future or if she changed her mind.

“She says the new owners, because her building is for sale, might be interested,” said Baker. “We could reserve it for a larger development, which includes the other two (old warehouse) properties at some point in the future.”

The property, as a whole, is expected to fetch a minimum price of $12,000, which was based on an evaluation by Sheldon Stewart of Coulson Realty in June 2015.

The move would provide off-street parking for businesses, customers and tenants at both 59 and 61 Broadway St. North, and would also free up parking spaces along that street for public parking, as well as parking spaces within the railyards area.

Also, it would fit with the outcome of a public meeting on the use of the warehouse properties, where it was recommended it be used for either parking or greenspace.

Council, in Caseley’s absence, voted unanimously in favour of allowing Baker to negotiate the extents of the property to be sold and a purchase price.