It was demolition day today as the familiar Chamber of Commerce and tourist information office was bulldozed to make way for a new burger joint and gas station.
The 1.65-acre site also housed the Dionne Quints home, which now sits at the waterfront while the Chamber is now located on Main St. E.
The municipal property on the corner of Seymour and the bypass has been sold to the Grand Castle Corp. for $1.68 million, which is significantly more than the original appraisal.of just under $1 million.
"They have plans to put in a service station, car wash and a potential restaurant," said Councillor Sheldon Forgette, noting that the restaurant would not be a chain sit-down eating spot. Forgette agreed that the development could be similar in nature to the Esso/Subway/convenience store establishment on Pinewood Park Dr.
The new gas stop will become the first service station directly along the North Bay bypass within city limits.
The whole Seymour/Bypass intersection is being rebuilt with construction expected to begin shortly.