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Folks have noticed along Knowlton Road that the old blue warehouse, which has been closed for several months now, is being renovated. Recent requests for construction permits have been sought and issued for the renovation of the old commercial building into housing units. Centrally located near LEK and the center of Knowlton, this multi-unit apartment building will be opening soon allowing the many new workers coming to Knowlton to have affordable housing in the rapidly growing commercial market environment of Lac Brome.
The recent building boom in the region is a testament to the belief that land and business owners have that new opportunities in the Eastern Townships will bring more and more small families and young residents into Knowlton. The soon to be completed project on Chemin Knowlton and the lovely new apartment complex on Victoria street, which is now advertising apartments for rent in Knowlton for $675, are a prime indicator that the future of Knowlton is bright!
This picture shows the construction progress on the newest housing unit being built in Lac Brome. The central location and proximaty to the Coldbrook made it a logical choice for an investor and for anyone looking to leave the hustle and bustle of a city like Montreal to enjoy the peaceful life in Knowlton this sort of housing unit is ideal. With the employment situation in The Eastern Townships improving it is the perfect time to create such housing units to ensure the growth of our community and once word gets out about such choice rental units we will be seeing many new, and happy, faces in the village very soon.
Beyond the private investors belief in the growth of Knowlton we are also seeing the Mayor and Town Officials making the business of improving the town a priority. Recent public announcements regarding spending show a concerted effort to not only solve the issues of Brome Lake but also to put tax dollars into the upkeep, promotion and beautification of the town. Last weeks restoration of the wooden fence on one of our favorite streets was a prime example and just a first step in many improvements planned by the Mayor and Town of Brome Lake!
Victoria Street, one of the loveliest streets that winds past the newly inaugurated Community Center, has been targeted by council to be improved upon and the recent fixing up of the classic wooden fence along the H. Ernest & C. Louise-Williams Wildlife Refuge is proof that the Mayor and elected officials are taking the job of improving Knowlton very seriously.
The vintage wooden structure that lines Victoria Street has seen a toll over the years but the recently planted fence posts and repaired fence rails are now gleaming and sturdy. Last summer Flannigans General Store saw some major renovations to restore the building to her former 19th century glory and now, with the fence being refurbished, residents are seeing more affirmative action by the town to keep our town in good shape while not forgetting the Victorian history of the early settlers.
Victoria Street is one of Brome Lakes more scenic drives, intersecting Lakeside and Knowlton Road, which has some of the more beautiful properties featuring stunning homes and large trees as well as monumental stone fencing and classic architecture dating back over 100 years.
Recently the Mayor announced that major improvements along Victoria Street were in the works and residents are already seeing the improvements coming to fruition. Ensuring Victoria Street is a secure passage is critical not only for traffic but also for tourism as the thoroughfare passes the newly built Community Center and also brings people towards the Marina, Brome Lake Duck Farm, and Knowlton Academy and onwards to Lakeside Drive.
With summer just around the corner and the home improvements going on fast enough to make our heads spin it will be surely one of the best summer seasons in Knowlton for businesses and residents! Let’s not forget, with all the work the Town is doing we should do our part to keep our yards and properties clean and tidy! The tourists soon to be flooding into Knowlton deserve to see us in our Sunday best!!