Pincourt sports complex deal withdrawn
Town exploring new options
The Town of Pincourt has adopted a resolution terminating negotiations with a company that was interested in reviving the long troubled Pincourt sports complex.
The resolution ceasing talks with 8280959 Canada inc. was put forth at a Nov. 13 meeting. Though a town mandated selection committee was trying to negotiate an agreement with 8280959 Canada inc., the only company to submit a proposal after Pincourt held a call for tenders in May, it became apparent a compromise could not be reached.
‘After numerous exchanges between the two parties, it became clear that incompatible elements could not change and that other applications needed to be added, requests that the Town could not act upon either in consideration of the legislative framework or because they were not consistent with the commitments made by the council to the population,’ read a press release issued Nov. 14 by the Townof Pincourt.
The call for tenders went out to various promoters interested in reviving the sports complex. It only resulted in the one possible candidate willing to meet the Town’s criteria.
Several other companies did show interest in completing the sports complex, but not within the municipality’s specified framework.
The call to tender included conditional parameters for the sale or long-term lease of the building. In addition to ensuring sufficient income to cover the purchase price, or a settlement or annuity cost, the Town wanted to see the building finished and enlarged to include another rink.
The bid first submitted by 8280959 Canada inc. included several items that did not meet the Town’s criteria. And though the selection committee and 8280959 Canada inc. met several times, ‘it became clear that incompatible elements could not change and that other applications needed to be added, requests that the Town could not act upon either in consideration of the legislative framework or because they were not consistent with the commitments made by the council to the population,’ a press release noted.
Now that 8280959 Canada inc. has withdrawn its proposal a town mandated management team has been asked to explore several approaches. These could include seeing the building finished in a publicprivate partnership with groups that have shown interest in the past in the complex.
In addition, the team could contact other municipal partners with a goal of reaching a solution within the next year.
Mayor Yvan Cardinal expressed hope that some sort of deal can be reached soon.
“As a large majority of citizens who thought they could skate in August 2013, I am also disappointed with the result, but rest assured that the council will do the necessary to achieve a positive ending for the entire population.”