Commercial Centre Planned for Findlay Site




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.



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Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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