Natural gas for South Glengarry subdivision

In this Google Maps image, the western entrance to the Glendale subdivision on Glen Road in South Glengarry, Ont. The province is giving Enbridge $2.3 million to install natural gas. (Google Maps via Newswatch Group)

SOUTH GLENGARRY – A subdivision in southwestern South Glengarry will be getting natural gas.

The Ontario government is giving Enbridge $2.3 million to connect 77 properties to natural gas in the Glendale subdivision, on the north side of Highway 401, east of Boundary Road.

It was part of a $234 million funding package for 43 communities.

South Glengarry CAO Tim Mills says the energy service will “open the door for future development projects” while giving residents a “reliable and cost-effective service.”

Construction could start as early as this year while the province says construction on all projects is expected to be underway by the end of 2025.

When asked by Cornwall Newswatch, South Glengarry Planner Joanne Haley wouldn’t say whether the project will require local tax dollars.

“This is an exciting project for South Glengarry with many tasks to be completed before construction can commence. Unfortunately we cannot answer your questions at this time,” Haley said in an email to Cornwall Newswatch.

In a March 2020 South Glengarry Connectivity Committee meeting, Haley noted the potential for both commercial and residential development in Glendale and that the “subdivision is currently being under utilized. If we can bring in natural gas, it could open up many new opportunities.”

The Ontario government estimates households could save $250 to $1,500 a year while businesses could cut their fuel bill up to 30 per cent.