Well that was in April of 1976… from the Carleton Place Review April 1 1976
In 1976 a new commercial centre of stores and office space were submitted to the Carleton Place planning board by an Ottawa consulting firm.Mr. Art Duncan, chairman of the planning board said members have approved plans in principle and will recommend to the town council that approval be given to the project. Council will study the plans and board recommendations at its next meeting April 12. (1976)
The preliminary site plan presented by the consulting firm, shows one large two storey building– when constructed will measure 197 feet by 125 feet with a total space of 49,200 square feet. The building will sit close to High Street with stores on the ground floor facing the street but screened behind shrubbery and landscaping. The second story will house professional offices.
The plan also shows a buffer line of trees around the perimeter of the property to shield the centre and parking lot from nearby residents. The large parking lot extends mostly behind the river and faces out to the river. Trees and landscaping are also planned here to maintain the beauty of the shoreline.
The present zoning of the property allows development of this nature. No further details are available on the project as it is still in the the preliminary stages and needs council approval.
So what happened? In reality, I do believe there is contamination in the ground to be dealt with- but, when I look at Stalwarts Brewing Co. on High Street I imagine a great little hub of riverside interest that would sure look great in Carleton Place. Am I just looking at Carleton Place through Rose Coloured Glasses again? Maybe in another 40 years?
But did you know,
That when it snows,
My eyes become large and the light that the town of Carleton Place could shine can be seen.