Old high school targeted for demolition

Staff

The J.A. Mathieu section of the old Fort Frances High School likely will be an eyesore no more in the next two-three months as the developers of the property (1578289 Ontario Ltd.) plan to knock it down this summer.
Charlie Morken told council Monday night that he and business partner Steve Both have done an intensive review of the property and are contemplating demolishing it in the near future.
“We’re thinking that the local residents, as well as council, would like to see that happen,” added Morken.
He noted it’s hoped the demolition will help them attract interest in the property.
“If we did tear that building down, really for us as the owners, there would be really no short-term revenue gain with that property other than that it would open it up off of First Street,” Morken explained.
“Our intent would be, that if we demolish that building, that what would happen would be is that we would get some activity, and it would be the first step in moving forward with the old tech wing, which is along Second Street there.”
But Morken also admitted that “money is tight” and was wondering if the town could help them out, providing them with granular fill from the Portage Avenue construction.
He also sought the town’s support in asking MPAC to keep the property assessment at its current value if they do remove the old building.
Also at Monday night’s meeting, council:
•passed a bylaw to approve a second amendment to an agreement with the Industry minister and Industry Canada, as represented by FedNor, for financing of Phase II of the Heritage Tourism Project;
•passed a bylaw to authorize the signing of an agreement with G. Lockman and the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 65;
•passed a bylaw to authorize the entering into of lease renewal agreements with Hank Didier and Gary Kontz, as well as Ed Tetu, at the Fort Frances Airport;
•passed a bylaw to approve an agreement with Waste Diversion Ontario and Stewardship Ontario for funding from the Continuous Improvement Fund for improvements to the town’s recycling transfer facility; and
•approved a recommendation from the EDAC to provide funding, to a maximum amount of $2,500, for the annual “Fly-in, Drive-in” barbecue at the Fort Frances Airport on Saturday, June 5.