Downtown Stouffville will be home to new green space after town council approved purchasing a property next to the historic Clock Tower using money from a trust funded by developers.
“This is a very unique opportunity that we couldn’t pass up,” Stouffville Mayor Iain Lovatt says.
“Expanding urban parkland and green space in the heart of our downtown core is not an opportunity that comes up every day. We are very excited to see how Civic Square will be transformed with this addition.”
Councillors unanimously approved the $1.089-million purchase at a council meeting on January 5. The deal will close on March 2.
“This purchase doesn’t cost taxpayers a cent,” Lovatt reports. “All the funds are coming from the town’s Parkland Trust, which is funded solely by developers.”
The property measures 38 x 116 feet and is located at 6343 Main St., immediately east of Civic Square, which is home to the Clock Tower and Nineteen on the Park Theatre. Though it’s currently zoned commercial, the town plans to remove buildings to create a more pedestrian square.
Details of the redesign will be announced later this year.