County exercises ‘first right of refusal’ on buying former CIBC branch downtown

Warden says plans are still being developed for use of building, which abuts the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery

Lambton County Warden Bill Weber stands in front of the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery in downtown Sarnia. In the background is the former CIBC branch building, which the County now owns.

With the County of Lambton officially taking over ownership of the former CIBC branch downtown on Tuesday, plans are still being developed for how the second tier municipality will use the structure, which came with a $1.025 million price tag.

Bill Weber, who has put his name up for re-election as Warden (he is Mayor of Lambton Shores), said he expects staff to sift through the various opportunities the ownership represents.

“Staff will spend the coming weeks evaluating the best fits for the building’s use,” he said.

Already, the County had the upper floor of the building leased.

“We were very supportive when it came to exercising our right of first refusal on the building,” Weber noted.

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