June 11, 2014
DALHOUSIE, NB – Dalhousie Town Council was unsuccessful at negotiating a land purchase agreement for the former Abitibi Bowater mill property. “I am extremely disappointed and frustrated” stated Mayor Tremblay.
For almost two years, the Town has been trying to negotiate a deal with American Iron and Metal, the current owners of the mill property, which would benefit both parties. Access to the land is essential for Dalhousie’s economic re-development and the municipality made it a priority to try and become the new owners. “Mr. Black, the owner of American Iron and Metal, promised us he would do good for the Town, but it’s obvious he’s not.” stated Councillor Harquail.
After exchanging a few offers which included the provision that the Town would provide a charitable tax receipt and accept environmental responsibility for the mill property, a deal ultimately fell through in early June. Deputy Mayor Gail Fearon stated that “it’s time the people found out what is going on. We offered what we could but we can’t afford to drive the Town further in debt to pay for the mess they are supposed to clean up”.
The Town of Dalhousie was hard hit by multiple industrial closures since 2008. Re-development of industrial lands is a key component of Dalhousie’s efforts to re-build the Town. The Town has made securing the former mill site a priority as part of the strategy to attract new businesses to the area.
The land in question includes the former mill property located on William Street in Dalhousie, and an industrial landfill located on the Blair Malcolm Road in Point la Nim. The paper mill that formerly occupied the site was demolished by American Iron and Metal in 2012. An environmental assessment has been completed for the property. Minor remediation is required for the mill site, and the provincial Department of Environment has instructed that the landfill site be capped and closed.
Town of Dalhousie - Clem Tremblay, Mayor, 684-7600