The city appears to be the only interested party thus far in purchasing the now-defunct travel centre on Brookdale Avenue.
But if the city does purchase it, its hands may be tied on just what it can do with the property.
A report to city council that will be debated Monday night and details the fact that the building and land would have to be used solely for municipal purposes, if Cornwall were to buy it.
The city has had correspondence with the Ministry of Infrastructure, acknowledging its interest.
A ministry official says the city is the only party which has shown an interest. The property won't be available for purchase until the spring of 2013, says the report, as the ministry needs time to complete an environmental review, survey and title search of the land.
The travel centre next to the traffic circle on Brookdale Avenue was closed earlier this year as part of provincial budget cuts.
A cost for the facility has not been made public.