CORNWALL, Ontario - The city's planning department is recommending a development hold on a former Domtar construction site on Cumberland Street be lifted.
Lifting the hold would pave the way for developing the site, which is already zoned commercial, and would presumably allow for the contruction of some kind of retail project.
Stephen Alexander, the city's planning manager, told Seaway News in an interview the site would be a perfect spot for such a project, given its proximity to the foot and vehicle traffic in that area of the city.
"It's a great location," he said.
The site is still owned by Domtar, though the sale of the property is likely to take place.
A group known as Cornwall South Investments is connected to such a move, as is Smart Centres - a massive Canadian developer and operator of unenclosed shopping centres.
That being said, company officials wouldn't go into any details about such a venture when contacted by Seaway News.
"At this point, it is premature to discuss a possible development in Cornwall," said Sandra Kaiser, vice-president of corporate affairs for Smart Centres.
Smart Centres has more than 200 locations across Canada.
The city's planning advisory committee (PAC) will meet Sept. 16 to decide on lifting the hold - which was put in place when it became apparent the site would have to be cleaned up before further development could occur.
The Ministry of Environment has signed off on the clean-up - which now requires municipal assent via PAC and city council.
The 22-acre property, which was rezoned to commercial from manufacturing in 2007, has frontage on both Cumberland and Seventh streets and is also close to retail operations at the Brookdale Centre.