At the June 3 council meeting of the District of Barriere, it was announced that the District has purchased a piece of property on Barriere Town Road. The property includes the former IGA/HYLouie building across the street from the hardware store that has been empty for some years now. The District stated they have been interested in the site for some time as a possible location for the District office, and expansion of the fire hall among other things.
Mayor Bill Humphreys said both he and council were pleased to announce the acquisition. “Local Realtors Karina Scott and Debra Fennell facilitated the process and were instrumental in bringing the parties to a successful agreement,” said Humphreys, “The purchase price of $275,000 was well below assessed value, and the terms of the agreement were $151,000 in cash and $124,000 in the form of a tax deductible receipt.”
“This property and the attendant buildings will provide the District with the ability to further develop and enhance Barriere’s downtown core.”
A number of minor repairs, including fixing the buildings’ roof will be done, as well as tidying up the property in general.
The Communities In Bloom committee has already arranged to have some murals painted on the boards covering the buildings windows.