The City of Kenora held its Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday, and one of the discussions was the possible sale of a couple of pieces of city-owned land.

One of the pieces of property near the Comfort Inn on Highway 17 east could possibly become a hotel. 

Adam Smith is the manager of Development Services and has been working with proponents of hotel developments since 2019 on this property.

“My understanding in terms of the first step in executing the agreement will be looking at a feasibility study for the property so there will be a number of different steps that will still need to be realized prior to full-scale development,” said Smith.

“None the less it’s something certainly we’re eager to see in this commercially zoned area of the town,” added Smith.

In addition, Smith said a conditional purchase and sale agreement will be presented before the council in November.

The estimated price of the property is just over $300,000.

One local resident at the meeting brought forward her concerns about the project.

Anne Zwierzynski lives near the surplus land and explained some frustrations she has.

“Our primary frustration is being what we consider to be excessive noise such as large groups of individuals, patrons that we’ve experienced gathering and partying in the adjacent parking lot,” said Zwierzynski.

In her address she brought up that landscaping would be a great way to allow for noise reduction.

“Natural thick foliage can address this by acting as a natural buffer and absorbing some of the sounds. It would be aesthetically pleasing and would continue to promote some of the wildlife in the area,” she added.

She also had concerns about protecting the natural forest, adequate fencing, proper drainage, garbage maintenance, and increased traffic.

The second piece of property is in the Pine Portage Area. The Kenora District Services Board is looking into purchasing the property to build a proposed 30-unit Transitional Housing development.

The appraised value of the property is $132,000 but the City of Kenora has agreed to sell the lands to the KDSB at 80 per cent of market value.

Council authorized a purchase and sale agreement between the city and the KDSB for the sale of the land for the amount of $106,080.