Station 6 has been sold.
Council recently approved the sale of the disused Crystal Beach Fire Hall to Design Construct Solutions 2018 Inc. and Mr. Riad-Mikhail Drugs Ltd. As a condition of the sale, the site must become a community center for health services. It will provide at least two offices for medical use, community health services and a pharmacy, designed to support residents of Crystal Beach and Ridgeway.
The selling price was $550,000.
The lower level is designated as health and commercial services while a proposed phase 2 on the second (upper) level is residential. The new owners will approach the project in two phases, starting with converting the current building into a health services facility with the possibility of adding residential units on a second level at a later date.
Mayor Wayne Redekop called the establishment of a health care service facility in Crystal Beach “a great opportunity for an area that has not had health care resources in a long time. This is good news,” he said.
Orma Bleeks, President of Advancing Crystal Beach (ACB), a group that had hoped to convert the station into a community hub for residents, said that while the plans for the building did not include ACB’s vision, she said a health services center was something the community needed. “But it doesn’t allow any center of activity,” she said.
ACB, meanwhile, is still looking for ways to make the Crystal Beach Community Center a reality. “We are still looking for potential land and building access,” Bleeks said.
While the plans are for health care services, Redekop said residents have the nearby Crystal Ridge Community Center on Ridge Road South to access other services. “(Residents) have a community center less than a mile away that can provide activities,” he said.
The sale of the property, while announced on Tuesday (August 23), was approved at a special council meeting on August 11.