Town opts to buy Huffman property


The Town of Fort Frances will be buying property on Williams Avenue—the site of the former F.H. Huffman School.
The town is paying about $155,000 for the property.
Mayor Roy Avis said this morning that council decided to buy the property for its key location in the community, noting it potentially could be utilized for building lots, recreational purposes, or any number of uses.
But the mayor also stressed the town “is going to walk before we run” in regards to the property, and carefully consider its future use with input from the town’s economic development committee.
The town officially was notified the property was up for sale on June 29, after which the town had the property appraised and thoroughly investigated it prior to agreeing to purchase it.
The deal is expected to close by the end of November.
At its meeting Tuesday night, council received the letter of acceptance, dated Oct. 6, from the Rainy River District School Board regarding the town’s offer of purchase respecting F.H. Huffman School and agreed that an appropriate bylaw be prepared.