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The new pharmacy and medical centre will be receiving additional support from council in the amount of $10,000.
The decision was made following a delegation from pharmacist and owner of the centre Kas Eshkour at the May 24 meeting of council.
Since buying the building, Eshkour has changed it significantly, renovating the entire structure at a cost of half a million dollars, he said.
Now near completion, the building is ready to be used as a medical centre, said Eshkour.
"That's the good news, it's been a long road," he said.
The pharmacist said he took on the project not knowing entirely what would be involved, and is proud of the outcome, adding the pharmacy is modern and has been renovated using top quality materials.
"I feel good about what I've done. I've done things I wasn't supposed to do," he said.
The project has gone over budget, with Eshkour putting in more than $500,000 into the building, he said.
"You have something that will last forever," he said.
One thing that remains to be done is the parking lot, which the pharmacist would like to see paved, as well as outdoor landscaping.
Eshkour said he would like to see council help with those things.
Reeve Dave Burton added he had received a phone call from the neighbour of the medical centre asking for a privacy fence to be installed.
"I think it would be nice for both parties," said Burton and the pharmacist agreed.
Eshkour said to date the township's investment in the project has been little.
Before agreeing to help with the paving and landscaping costs councilor Cec Ryall said he would like an indication of what these costs would be.
"We have to decide if we can do the parking lot," said Burton.
"But what would the cost be?" asked Deputy-reeve Suzanne Partridge.
Burton suggested the paving and landscaping would likely cost around $10,000.
"Could we say we would use up to $10,000 from the money incurred from the sale of the building towards these costs?" asked Partridge.
Council passed a resolution to contribute an additional $10,000 to be used towards outdoor improvements.
Eshkour thanked council for their contribution and involvement with the project.
"I want it to be something everyone can be proud of," he said.