Demolition to kick off The Portlands development

The warehouse building at 580 Harbour Road in Cornwall, Ont. on Thursday, July 15, 2021. The Cornwall and Akwesasne Development Corporations have awarded a contract to Demo Plus to level the building as part of the future development of the 16 acre property. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – The first noticeable move to develop The Portlands along Harbour Road in Cornwall will be happening in the coming weeks.

The Akwesasne and Cornwall Harbour Development Corporations have awarded a tender to tear down the warehouse building at 580 Harbour Road.

Demo Plus of Cornwall got the contract Tuesday (July 13) after bidding $202,044. It was one of five bids for the project.

The warehouse building was a storage facility for 29 years but has been empty for just over three years.

The Portlands spokesman Simon McLinden says the building “is in a condition that does not lend itself to re-building or redevelopment” and has been the site of mischief and crime.

Graffiti on a section of the warehouse building at 580 Harbour Road in Cornwall, Ont. on Thursday, July 15, 2021. The Akwesasne and Cornwall Harbour Development Corporations have awarded a contract to Demo Plus to tear down the building, which has become a magnet for crime and graffiti. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

Tearing down the building is slated to be done by Sept. 18.

Meantime, the first online community feedback session on the future of the 16 acre (6.47 hectare) waterfront property is taking place until the end of the month.

The property was sold to Cornwall and Akwesasne in 2016. They were given $5.3 million from the federal government for management and operations of the port.

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