Consultant to study proposed Peace Exchange location

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Supporters of the $6-million Pugwash Peace Exchange project are going to take another look at the proposed location of the tourist development.

Peace exchange board chair Stephen Leahey is aware of the controversy the proposed project has generated in the community and said his organization has agreed to a third party evaluation as part of the development process under the auspices of the Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association.

Supporters of the $6-million Pugwash Peace Exchange project are going to take another look at the proposed location of the tourist development.

Peace exchange board chair Stephen Leahey is aware of the controversy the proposed project has generated in the community and said his organization has agreed to a third party evaluation as part of the development process under the auspices of the Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association.

If the architects, engineers and traffic experts find that the proposed site doesnt work for whatever reasons, then by all means we will look for other locations within the village, Leahey said.

Controversy surrounding the projects centres on plans to build the development on land adjacent to the Thinkers Lodge at the intersection of King and Water streets. Residents have expressed concerns with traffic congestion in the area. Concerns have also been raised about the projects impact on water quality.

Former village commission Harold Patterson said people are opposed to the construction of a bunker-like structure in the middle of the village and suggested outside the village on Highway 6 would be a better location.

Leahey said expect advise will be sought on key issues such as the proposed building design and location, as well as concerns over traffic congestion, parking and water supply projects.

The project includes construction of a 9,000 square foot building to include administration offices, a gift shop, exhibition space and a 1,000 square foot Thinkers Circle.

As well, the original Thinkers Lodge, staff house and dining hall will be restored.

Area councillor Kathy Langille is happy with news the residents concerns are going to be addressed.

I support the Peace Exchange, she said. I believe it is an important economic development project for the village of Pugwash and the north shore of Cumberland County.

The Peace Exchange building is affiliated with the Thinkers Lodge. The lodge was the summer home of entrepreneur and self-made millionaire Cyrus Eaton. It was also the birthplace of the Pugwash Conferences, first beginning in 1957 with the goal of achieving world peace.

dcole@amherstdaily.com





Organizations: Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association

Geographic location: Pugwash, Cumberland County

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