The old Maplewood Manor property at 397 Church Street, Alberton, will be the subject of a special Alberton Town Council meeting on Tuesday.
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ALBERTON -- Alberton Town Councilor David Campbell had remarked Monday during a testy town council exchange about the old Maplewood Manor that it was the most discussion he had heard on the subject.
It would seem, though, he hasn’t heard the end of it yet. Mayor Michael Murphy has called a special council meeting for 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 17, and the only item on the agenda is the old manor property.
During Monday’s meeting Councilor Natasha Dunn challenged Mayor Murphy for sending letters to the Province seeking to have the vacant building demolished and the area turned into green space. She was critical of him doing so without council knowledge or consent and suggested there would be more benefits for the town in having the building occupied than in having the area turned into green space.
A motion she introduced to advise the province that the town was supportive of having the building developed passed unanimously.
Since the meeting, however, there have been suggestions the building might be used for storage without utilities, and concerns were expressed about the building being left to further deteriorate, especially with asbestos in some of its building materials.