kzsth · 2021-11-04

Town selling off properties

New Tecumseth is declaring land in Beeton and Tottenham surplus to allow for it to be sold.

In Beeton the property is at 195 Centre St. N. The parcel of land is landlocked and abuts several properties. Beeton Coun. Richard Norcross said one of the residents abutting the land would like to purchase it. The land is an easement and is not suitable for buildings, which Norcross said the owner is aware of. Norcross said the owner already enjoys the use of the property and would like to legally own it.

"He just wants to enjoy the property and pay us to do that," said Norcross.

The former youth centre in Tottenham is also being declared surplus. The property is located at 34 Queen St. N.

At last week’s committee of the whole meeting, Greg Perantinos pitched a business deal to council to buy the property and operate his ice cream shop at the location. Last summer Perantinos’ ice cream shop was located just south of the Queen and Mill Street intersection in downtown Tottenham, next to the Royal Bank.

"It would just really allow me to bring the community together," said Perantinos.

Coun. Jim Stone said allowing Perantinos to expand his business at the new location would enhance Tottenham’s downtown.

"Tottenham’s downtown has been going backwards, we’ve had businesses leave and we’re getting a lot of holes there," said Stone.

"He’s a great entrepreneur and a great asset for Tottenham."

Earlier this year Coun. Jess Prothero asked council to approve demolishing the former youth centre building. He said when he brought that up before it was because of the way the building looks. Prothero said he supports Perantinos’ vision for the building and is looking forward to see how it would appear.