Exciting times ahead for St. James church in Carleton Place

Old parish hall sold

NEWS Jun 05, 2017 11:45 by Tara Gesner  Carleton Place Almonte Canadian Gazette
Elliot Hall sold in Carleton Place

St. James Anglican Church in Carleton Place has sold its old parish hall to Duncan McNaughton. The deal closed on June 1. The intended use as the church understands it is residential. - Tara Gesner/Metroland

August marks one year since St. James Anglican Church in Carleton Place welcomed Rev. Brian Kauk to its fold, and in the last 10 months the Lord has lead the parish on an exciting journey.

Kauk sat down with the Canadian Gazette on May 31 to talk about what has transpired, including the sale of the church’s old parish hall — also known as Elliot Hall.

Elliot Hall is named after Rev. Canon Elliot. It was built in 1923 on land originally used as a lumberyard. Hall served as the church’s rector from 1890 to 1925. The addition was put on in the late '90s.

“Yes, I can confirm the hall is sold, with the deal closing on June 1,” Kauk said. “The real estate agent was Jeff Wilson.”

The minister noted the parking lot was severed and remains the church’s property.

Duncan McNaughton purchased Elliot Hall.

“I have not yet seen his plans,” Kauk said. “The intended use as we understand it is residential."

“We had some confidence when he came to us ... impressed with the way he has dealt with other properties around town.”

Elliot Hall was put up for sale earlier this year. Previously, the church hoped to sell the property to the McKeen family, owners of Manitoulin Chocolate Works. The McKeens wanted to redevelop the property into an artisan chocolate shop and café. However, the sale was conditional, which hinged on a zoning change. The change was denied by council.

“The detailed information regarding the space and specific uses of that space indicates a scale of operations that will adversely impact the residential character of the neighbourhood,” Mayor Louis Antonakos said at the time

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