By Chris Pickup
Haldimand is putting the old Oneida Ball Park up for sale. Staff suggested the property be listed with a local licensed real estate agent for 90 days and the results brought back to council.
The 9.28 acre property on Hwy 6 between Caledonia and Hagersville hasn’t been used for baseball or any other recreational purpose for more than a decade, although it has been maintained by the county.
Despite numerous attempts by county staff over the years to drum up interest from other sports groups there have been no takers.
The present zoning is rural institutional and there is no water or sanitary servicing. Although it is over nine acres, it is outside the hamlet/urban area so no residential severances will be allowed, just one house.
Councillor Rob Shirton asked whether it could be zoned agricultural to allow a hobby farm with, say, a barn and a horse.
Staff Mike Evers said the property is designated agricultural so the policy would support a change in zoning to agriculture. The building on the property is usable and could be rehabilitated, he added.
Shirton then wondered if the county should be pre-zoning the property agricultural before putting it up for sale.
“We usually sell as is,” CAO Craig Manley noted. “Pre-zoning may be for naught. We might want to use it as a plan B.”
“We should explore all uses and maximize our tax dollars,” commented councillor Dan Lawrence, after reminiscing with other councillors about their days playing ball at the park.
“There a lot of history on this property” Dalimonte agreed. “It might be open to a lot of things. That area has become an industrial type area on a busy highway.”
The vote to sell was unanimous.