Pt. Edward Mayor Bev Hand (BlackburnNews.com photo by Melanie Irwin)

Point Edward Mayor Excited About Future Growth Potential

The mayor of Point Edward says she’s excited about the prospects for commercial and residential development in the village.

Blackburn News Sarnia reported Monday that The Vrancor Group hopes to begin construction of a new Holiday Inn Express and Suites on Venetian Blvd. in the next few months.

As well, Steeves and Rozema is in the process of selling-off over 60 acres of land in Point Edward including 26 acres of property long occupied by the Par 3 Holiday Inn Golf Club.

CEO John Scotland says an unnamed developer has conceptual drawings for over 100 single family dwellings or a multi-residential development on the golf course lands.

While plans are preliminary, Mayor Bev Hand says the municipality, which doesn’t have development charges, is encouraged by the discussions about future growth.

“We’re certainly encouraged about a hotel, but I’d be so happy to get some kind of development that could bring some people in as well,” says Hand. “We have people that want to move here and want to live here and we don’t have anything to offer them in terms of new homes.”

Steeves and Rozema says purchase agreements are also in place for three other parcels of land including five acres northwest of Mariner Village towards the casino and 1.5 acres of open field between 1500 and 1550 Venetian Blvd.

Another 29 acres across from the Cargill Aghorizon grain elevators off Exmouth St. are being eyed for commercial development.

-With files from Lee Michaels