Waterfront condos for Cornwall being floated

Boats are tied up at Marina 200 in Cornwall, Ont. Tuesday, June 20, 2017. A Hawkesbury developer of floating the idea of building condos on the waterfront next to the marina. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – Citizens will get the first chance Thursday night to see a Hawkesbury developer’s idea to build a condominium complex on the city’s waterfront.

Charles Clement of C.H. Clement Construction will present his idea to the Planning Advisory Committee on Thursday night (June 22) at 7 p.m. at city hall.

It’s being called “Les Condos de la Marina” but exactly how large and how tall the development will be has not been made public.

Having PAC hear the proposal is somewhat unconventional, considering the land isn’t even owned by Clement (it’s owned by the federal government) nor is there any formal application submitted with the city.

In an email dated June 2, 2017 from Ottawa Public Services and Procurement Canada spokesman Peter Maddalena to city planner Mary Joyce-Smith, Maddalena says the disposition of the federal government land would see it offered first to other levels of government, including the City of Cornwall, before it’s placed on the open market.

The land in question is currently zoned open space, and rezoning for multi-residential development would have to been reviewed by many government agencies and organizations.

A report to committee members does acknowledge the reception in the past to this kind of development.

In 2012, a condo building plan for an area of the parking lot between the Cornwall Civic Complex and Marina 200 was met with stiff opposition from the public, before it was abandoned.