It’s no secret I am and huge ambassador to the City of Cornwall and a card carrying Team Cornwall member. Living here my entire life, aside from a few years away at college, the changes I have seen here make it easy for me to “wave the flag”.
The latest news of Dominion Place at Pitt & Second Street being sold to long time local company Bourgon Construction is another huge step forward for our already blossoming downtown core. The owners live and play here and I’m sure we’ll finally see some movement in a very good direction for the heart of the city at that intersection.
Moving to the west end of the city where soon they will re-energize the south end of Brookdale Avenue since the large Seaway International Bridge has come down. If what the city did on the north end off the 401 is any indication adding some green space around there and restructuring the traffic lanes will be a beautiful welcome to Cornwall from the U.S and Akwesasne.
If you are also a life long resident there are some things that we now take for granted as it’s been some years since they were “new” to the city like the redevelopment of the Cornwall Community Hospital.
Another exciting prospect to turn something already very positive into even more is the prospect of adding a gymnasium, squash courts and soccer pitches to the Benson Centre.
When it comes to recreation in Cornwall, and area for that matter, the bike path is such a huge asset that more people need to take advantage of. Not too many communities can boast they have that much recreational path to start, let alone all the waterfront section we have.
When it comes to the waterfront the best is yet to come in my opinion. Boom 101.9 is on Cotton Mill Street and there is already so much change down here in even the past 5 years with the loft apartments across the street to the new Edison Building with another condo project planned there. We have the new Cotton Mill Pharmacy and soon a coffee shop/tap house opening and more and more medical professional offices coming with local chiropractor Dr. MJ Cardinal setting up shop in September along with massage therapists and others. Factor in the city’s partnership with Akwesasne on the harbour lands and the future looks bright. Redevelopment of the harbour land is long term but still exciting when you think about all that is happening here already.
I could keep going but I’ll save some for another day. In the meantime, look around you and see what you’ve got here and how it is improving all the time.