Nav Center was the ace card in the university offer
One of the most expensive – and largest – real estate deals in the city’s history has all but pushed back the decades-old campaign to establish a proper college campus in Cornwall above the cliff.
The Nav Center, with all its pro-college campus amenities, was a huge carrot at the end of the college campus stick.
The new owner, Devcore Group of Gatineau, did not go into specifics about how the sprawling property overlooking the St. Lawrence River will be developed over the next few years, but high-end housing, particularly condos, maybe a doorD community, would be a perfect fit for the vast and splendid land of the real estate. The potential of the 560-room building with dozens of meeting rooms is immense.
Opened in 1978 (Public Works Minister Jean Chrétien cut the ribbon) as the Transport Canada Training Institute, the facility came in with an over budget price tag of about $35 million. It wouldn’t be outrageous to suggest that the new owners paid at least four times that amount.
The sale, which is due to close on June 30, gives Devcore an even bigger footprint in the local housing market. It currently has nearly 500 rental units in the city, including the Brookdale Arms. He’s the biggest landlord in town.
Over the years, the city has discussed with the University of Ottawa and Carleton University the establishment of a satellite campus in the city. More recently, a significant investment was made in hiring a consultant to open the door, but neither Carleton nor the University of Ottawa expressed interest in a degree-granting campus in the city.
Nav Canada was interested in reinventing the installation on a university campus.
When the province put the wheels in motion to set up a French-language university, it was hoped that Cornwall would be interested. Instead, it was given to wealthy voters in Toronto.
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THIS MONTH IN 1934: A May 12, 1934 inquest into the death of a New York Central Railway section worker found that a plank across the south span of the New York Bridge derailed a railroad car and threw two employees into the icy St. Lawrence River 40 feet below on December 1, 1933. The railway bridge was being converted to accommodate vehicular traffic. What the inquest couldn’t answer was how the board crossed the train tracks. One of the men, Adélard Tessier, drowned. His body was recovered in April along the coast of Cornwall Island by Island resident Mrs. Joe Thompson. Joseph Meillieur survived the icy dive while a third member of the rail crew, Henry Scott of Newington, suffered fractures to both legs.
A homeless man convicted of assaulting OPP Constable WH Kennedy at the CN train station on Ninth Street had his hazy memory refreshed by a judge before being sentenced to two years in prison on May 12 1934.
When asked by the judge if this was his first court appearance, the man said it was only the second time he had been charged in court.
“Alright, said the judge, let me refresh your memory.
Reading through the man’s criminal record, the judge compiled a long list of charges, convictions and sentences over the past 10 years.
“Oh yes, said the man. “Thanks for the reminder. I forgot those.
ALSO THIS MONTH IN 1934 – Kinsmen founder, HA Rogers of Hamilton, was a guest of the Cornwall Kinsmen Club. … Originally from Cornwall, Francis Lefebvre became the third member of the parish of the Nativity to be ordained a priest. … The Legion track and field meet at the Athletic Grounds attracted several top athletes, including Boston Marathon winner Dave Komenen. At the time, the grounds featured one of the finest cinder tracks in the province. It was demolished to make way for the Bob Turner Memorial Center. … An overflowing crowd invaded the Church of the Nativity as 500 children from the parish, each accompanied by a godfather, were confirmed by the bishop. On hand for the ceremony were 15 ushers. … What could you buy with $800? How about a new Plymouth. … A three-year-old Florida girl with a crippled leg and unable to walk unaided walked pain-free on her own several days after undergoing foot manipulation treatment at the famed Dr. Mahlon Locke Clinic in Williamsburg. A magazine called him the man with the million dollar thumbs.
ANSWER TO TRIVIA: In 1884 the Irish priest, Father JJ Kelly, was sent to Cornwall to establish a parish in east Cornwall, called Nativity, to serve a large number of Irish and French Catholics living in the east. In her History of Cornwall – From Royal Township to Industrial Town – Elinor Senior noted that the Irish, Scots and French of the parish came together to help pay for the new church.
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