Land for sale in Borden-Carleton

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The Town of Borden-Carleton has put three municipally-owned properties up for sale, hoping to attract housing development to the town.

The properties are sizable and are currently being appraised. They’ll be sold at fair market value and, as an incentive, the developer will get a five-year rebate on municipal taxes, said the town’s chief administrative officer (CAO) Jim Wentzell.

“There seems to be not only an interest, but a need for additional housing. The population is getting older and seniors in the town are looking to downsize. We have a school that has the capacity for several more kids than go there, so the town would like to see more families,” he said.

Wentzell is new as the CAO. He came to town as a visitor over the summer and his grandkids convinced him – and his 35-plus years of municipal experience – to move to P.E.I. His most recent experience in municipal government was in scenic Mahone Bay, N.S., and he sees similar potential in Borden Carleton.

“It’s the entrance to P.E.I. by car, so there are all kinds of possibilities that I see here,” said Wentzell.

Two of the available lots are on Read Road, across from Amherst Cove Elementary School and measure around four acres each. The other lot is known as “the old school property” on Carleton Street, and measures 1.44 acres.

“The old school property is, I mean, you can’t get a better view of the harbour and the bridge than that property. That could have any type of housing on it and the people there would really have a nice view and a nice place to live,” said Wentzell.

The town needs a variety of housing options. Wentzell said local businesses have been telling him that more housing would attract employees and help them grow.

The town is keeping the expression of interest process fairly simple to allow a wide variety of ideas to come forward. Only a concept proposal is required at this stage.

“There’s a lot of people with a lot of vision out there and I can see people coming up with different ideas,” said Wentzell.

Coun. Laurel Palmer Thompson said Borden-Carleton is a great place to live and raise a family.

“It is safe, has a wonderful elementary school and has all the amenities you need in a small town, including a small grocery and hardware store, a post office, recreation facilities, shops and services - even a small brew pub.

“The icing on the cake is it’s a small seaside town with some of the best sunsets on the Island. You are literally surrounded by water and can be at one of the local beaches within five minutes. Therefore, the town also has great destination potential.

“Although we are open to all proposals coming forward, I think housing is really needed for young families and seniors. It would be great to have housing developed to meet these needs,” said Palmer Thompson.

Mayor Charles Mackenzie said this is the first of many developments he foresees for the town over the next several years.

“If private landowners have land available, let us know. The same tax incentive applies to those lands as well,” said Mackenzie.

So far, Wentzell has had eight inquiries. Developers and individuals are being asked to submit an Expression of Interest by March 22 by contacting Wentzell at 902-437-2225 or bcadmin@ borden-carleton.ca

Alison Jenkins, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Journal-Pioneer