Commerce Court receives more than a facelift

Provided by Amy Malyon
Commerce Court receives more than a facelift

Cornwall, ON – The long-standing commercial building located at 113 Second Street East, has new owners and a new look.

The former Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and Service Ontario building has been purchased by local businessmen Tim Ming and Ian MacDonell.  The new owners made the decision to purchase the building after both leasing commercial space for their individual financial establishments for many years. The long-time businessmen run Ming and Associates and BDO Canada LLP respectively.

“I’d been looking for a building Downtown for many years and even almost bought several years ago, but this opportunity had a great location, lots of parking and we saw it as an investment into the future” shared Ming.

The building has had a complete redesign with a lot of the work being completed by local general contractor Grant Marion. Upgrades include façade improvements, elevator installation, natural gas forced air heating and cooling system and an energy efficient LED light sensor system.

“The renovations have created a bright, welcoming, professional space and there is still more to come” added MacDonell. “The outside renovation is still underway. We hope to have the façade and accessibility ramp and parking completed shortly.”

Upgrades began in 2021 and will continue until the entire building is modernized in look and efficiencies. The building currently has some professional commercial space available for lease, to add to the slew of professional services available in the area.

The updated downtown building accessed some funds from the Heart of the City Community Improvement Plan (CIP) to help with a small portion of the approximately $500,000 investment into renovations. To learn more about the CIP program visit the city website.

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