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industry. Town council has given its approval in principle to a Québec developer who en- visages a multi-faceted commercial devel- opment on the 60-acre site that has been idle since the former Duplate plant closed
nesses include a hotel, restaurants, car dealerships and a service station. The parcel is massive, with the former PGW site alone covering 404,000 square feet. The property, which is situated west of the Walmart store, stretches all the way to McGill Street. The idea is still in the preliminary stages; the sale of the site is set to be sealed Sep- tember 31. When the proposal was discussed at Monday night’s council meeting, mem- bers’ comments were generally favour- able, however, Councillor Marc Tourange- au lamented the fact that the void had not been filled by another industrial use. “It is sad that no other industry was interested,” he observed. Mayor René Berthiaume related that PGW had done its best to sell the property to another industry. “If we do not approve this proposal, we could be left with an empty building,” he cautioned. Councillor Johanne Portelance noted that the arrival of another commercial de- velopment would undoubtedly have an impact on the downtown core. But Coun- cillor Michel Beaulne expressed optimism that the new jobs on the former Duplate property would compensate for any nega- tive repercussions that would be felt on Main Street. The closure of the PGW operation in November, 2009 left about 190 people without jobs. Once known as PPG Canada, the operation was shut by the Pittsburgh- based Pittsburgh Glass Works as part of a restructuring of the company.
in 2009. The development would include a pos- sible location for a new Ontario Provincial Police station, promoter Jean Massarotto writes in a letter to the municipality. Massarotto says that new potential busi-
HAWKESBURY | Three years after the Pitts- burgh Glass Works windshield factory closed, a new use for the property has been proposed. However, the plan does not include a new
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