Petrolia Line lot purchase a year ago to be sold

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The Town of Petrolia is selling a lot it owns in the downtown.

The town assembled the land between Total Hair and Body Care and Manulife Financial and completed the purchase of it by passing a bylaw for the sale at council last June for a cost of about $140,000.

The original plan was to use the former bowling alley land for parking during the construction on the east end of Petrolia Line. But neighbours were concerned about the plan and the contractor used the area to store construction materials.

At Monday’s council meeting, the land was declared surplus. Deputy Clerk Mandi Pearson says it will be appraised by a real estate appraiser and the town will offer it for sale.

Mayor John McCharles says it will likely take time to sell the lot since it has been vacant for more than 10 years. He added the town plans to ad some landscaping to the lot to beautify it before the sale.