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Thursday, 15 August 2013 08:52

City has interesting real estate history

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You can’t accuse the City of Swift Current for not planning ahead this time. It recently announced that a new residential subdivision will be developed on its southwest boundary, with the goodwill transfer of a quarter-section of land from the Rural Municipality.
Just in time for its 100th Anniversary, this will bring to fruition an initiative started about 1913 when over 1,800 lots were available to purchase on the same land, with the enticing name of Mount Royal.
City tax ledgers for 1914 and 1915 indicate that a number of lots were purchased, mainly by people from Manitoba and Ontario, but also by some as far away as London, England. Who wouldn’t have believed that Swift Current was destined to become the largest city between Winnipeg and Calgary?
One wonders how many tax dollars were collected on those lots, and ones in several other imagined sub-divisions, such as Lincoln Heights, Bonnieview and Keystone Park, even though they were outside its municipal boundaries.
As the resurrected Mount Royal is developed over the next ten, twenty or one hundred years, perhaps the City will find some tax money stashed away from those early years.
There just might be a need for a satellite fire hall or library, increased bus service, another railway crossing...
Hugh Henry, Swift Current

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