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Kinsmen Centre to be sold

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Sarnia is preparing to sell off the ailing Kinsmen Centre on Lakeshore Road.

Council voted last week to put the building and two-acre property on the market, and if no other public body is interested to sell it for redevelopment as residential land.

Replacing the roof and removing mould and asbestos from the centre at 656 Lakeshore could cost a quarter of a million dollars, city staff estimates.

Council praised the Sarnia Kinsmen for its community work but ignored a request from spokesman Bob Marks to give the club six months to consider its options.

Restoring the building was an option the club was considering as an anniversary project for 2020.

Under a scenario proposed by city staff, the sold land could provide nine housing lots – four facing Lakeshore and five fronting onto a new street that would connect Colborne Road with Lakeshore.

Neighbouring Baxter Park would be retained, and a new parking area created for its users.




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