The future of Port Stanley's harbour hinges, at least in part, on what we do with
the Dominion of Canada (DOC) building. As it stands now it is nothing more than
an under used low concrete warehouse.
The DOC building has had part of the contamination from the lead paint which covered
it inside and out cleaned out and painted over, but I think not all of it. The back
of the building where the old washrooms are located remains closed to the public
and in a state of disrepair. Hard to believe this building was once used as a place
for processing fish that people eat when Omstead leased the premises, even if the
fish were there for only a short time.
I think in 2015 the Municipality of Central Elgin only managed to rent the DOC out
three times, and I'm not sure if each of those times rent was to be paid. That's
a very low usage for 365 days. It is an eyesore that harkens back to the days when
Port Stanley was a commercial and industrial port and will certainly not blend in
with any new development of the harbour lands. If anything, it is a detraction to
Now that the silos are down, the cleared land offers more opportunities for an economically
vital development. But if you leave the DOC building in place you detract from the
character of the area, and the usefulness of the DOC building is really not there.
How much better it would be, and how much easier it would be to get a developer
interested in it, if the DOC building was not there.
So why not demolish the DOC while we already have a crew in place working in the
harbour doing exactly this kind of work on the silos? Clean the plumbing, electrical
and paint out of the building and demolish it and use the broken concrete as more
fill for Hofhuis Park. That way you'd be rid of a polluted eyesore and create a
perfectly clean slate for development from the bridge right through to the end of
the west pier.
Now that is something Mayor David Marr probably could sell to a developer.