Buyer of lot between Scotiabank and City Centre Mall intends to build dental clinic there

A vacant city-owned lot between City Centre Mall and Scotiabank could soon be the site of tooth cleaning and filling rather than just snow dumping after council unanimously approved its sale at their July 13 meeting.

Abdullah Al Qassab is purchasing the lot for $160,755 plus GST and intends to construct a dental clinic on the 32,151-square-foot lot.

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“This should be a clear indication to business owners and to the public that we’re selling land and that we’re open for business and that we sit here and know that the sky is not falling,” said Coun Kathy Velentino. “We are moving forward as a city and I look forward to this development and welcome this business to our city of Thompson and I really think this is a good news story because there’s so much negativity out there.”

Coun. Duncan Wong asked how cars would be able to access the lot.

“There is a caveat registered on Scotiabank property for access to this lot,” said director of development services Harkamaljeet Gill. 

“When the lot was sold to Scotiabank, a caveat was registered by the city guaranteeing future access to that lot,” said city manager Anthony McInnis. “Scotiabank has been notified that this land will be sold and access will be granted to that lot as per the caveat that was registered on that title.”

“It’s an extra bonus to us that that lot is sold,” said Mayor Colleen Smook, given its “orphan” location without direct road access.

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