Dalhousie votes to transfer building, land to carpenters' union

Dalhousie has finally found a taker for a building once owned by the former AbitibiBowater Forest Division.

The building and associated land was transferred to the town more than ten years ago when the mill closed and has remained relatively unused, except for storage.

On Monday Dalhousie's council approved its transfer to the United Brotherhood of Carpenters of America free of charge, on the condition it follows through with plans to set up a training centre for unionized workers.

Dalhousie had been maintaining the building at a loss and, though it won't make any money from the transfer, it will save on maintenance costs as well receive income from property taxes and water and sewer services.

Mayor Normand Pelletier says the company could begin work at the building as early as this summer.

(with files from the Acadie-Nouvelle)