Aylmer finalizes $1.81-million industrial land purchase

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Aylmer council officially finalized the $1.81-million purchase of vacant industrial land on White Street from Aylview Farms Limited in a virtual meeting on Monday, March 1.

Corporate Services Director Kale Brown offered congratulations to council on the acquisition: “I think it sets up the community very well for the next 20 years and we’re very fortunate that this opportunity has arose.”

The purchase price was agreed at $28,500 per acre for about 65.34 acres. Over the next year, the town is to prepare information and a design to convert and service the site west of Elm Street in the north part of Aylmer into an industrial park in order to create smaller parcels to offer for sale and development.

The lands are zoned Heavy Industrial Zone M2 for industrial use. No additional roads would need to be built, said Mr. Brown, as the land can be marketed “as is, where is” to any prospective buyers of large industrial parcels.

Before any purchase offer on the property, town staff will develop both engineering and stormwater management designs to facilitate the best possible road layout for the property, if it were to be sold into smaller lots.

After engineering construction estimates receive council approval, town staff will tender the road construction and stormwater management pond system to enable the sale of smaller lots, such as those in the current Progress Drive industrial park.

“There is $15,000 included in the proposed 2021 budget to start to undertake some preliminary investigation of engineering design and layout for the site,” Mr. Brown told the Express in an email.

The Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) bypass easement crosses a small section of the Northwestern portion of the White Street property, said Mr. Brown.

“The town will continue to liaise with the province on options for relinquishing the MTO easement and allowing additional industrial designated lands in the Town of Aylmer to move forward with development,” said Mr. Brown.

He added the Progress Drive industrial park faces similar limitations, as a northeastern part of that property crosses the MTO easement.

The White Street purchase will be funded through a combination of industrial land reserves and additional funds, as directed by council during the 2021 budget deliberations.

Councillor Barbour said, “I’d just like to thank staff for their diligence in making this come to being. Without that focus, it never would have happened.”

The town entered five-year lease agreement with Aylview Farms for the tillage of land as continued agricultural lands before the sale/development of the industrial park.

Veronica Reiner, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Aylmer Express