Residents look to snap up land before developer does

By CBC News Ottawa, February 26, 2018

A community group from Ottawa's Heatherington neighbourhood is exploring the possibility of buying a vacant lot from the city with the aim of keeping it out of the hands of developers.

The 3.2-hactare lot at 1770 Heatherington Road near Walkley Road was a public works yard until 2012.

Josh Hawley, who grew up in the area and is one of the people behind the effort to create what's known as a community land trust, said the goal is to keep the property off the market and away from developers who don't necessarily have the community's best interest in mind.

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