Pin­court si­gns sports centre lease

Pro­ject one step clo­ser to frui­tion

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Mayor Yvan Car­di­nal and mem­bers of Groupe Thi­bault, Rhéaume et As­so­ciés si­gned the pa­per­work which will “pass the puck to the Thi­bault team,” jo­ked a jo­vial Car­di­nal during the Oct. 2 event.

The mem­bers of the Thi­bault team in­clu­ded pre­sident Jo­ce­lyn Thi­bault, Ste­phen Ca­ba­na and Be­noît Gou­let.

The news means the aban­do­ned buil­ding lo­ca­ted at the cor­ner of Fifth Ave. and Pin­court Blvd. will fi­nal­ly be com­ple­ted.

Thi­bault said the com­pa­ny is ai­ming for a Sept. 1, 2014 ope­ning date.

“This is a beau­ti­ful page of his­to­ry,” Pin­court Town Ma­na­ger Mi­chel Per­rier said, ad­ding, “This is the culmi­na­tion of a pro­ject that eve­ryone has been wai­ting for a long time.”

The town and Groupe Thi­bault, Rhéaume et As­so­ciés an­noun­ced the

A de­cade old sports com­plex pro­ject in Pin­court that has been mi­red in bad luck fi­nal­ly tur­ned the cor­ner last week with the si­gning of a long-term lease and ser­vice agree­ment.

long-term lease agree­ment in late June. Last week’s event was the fi­nal hurdle that nee­ded to be clea­red be­fore work could be­gin. Groupe Thi­bault says it will be­gin a se­lec­tion pro­cess to award work contracts over the coming weeks.

The more than $5-mil­lion sports com­plex was first sla­ted to be built in 2003 by a non-pro­fit cor­po­ra­tion which la­ter de­cla­red ban­krupt­cy and pul­led out al­to­ge­ther when buil­ding costs ex­cee­ded their ex­pec­ta­tions.

A long le­gal bat­tle in­vol­ving the town, the contrac­tor, the bank and others en­ded four years ago when the Que­bec Su­pe­rior Court or­de­red the buil­ding be sold and all pro­fits be gi­ven to anyone owed mo­ney. With no one in­ter­es­ted in buying, the town even­tual­ly bought the land ins­tead.

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Pin­court Mayor Yvan Car­di­nal and mem­bers of Groupe Thi­bault, Rhéaume et As­so­ciés in­clu­ding

in­clu­ded pre­sident Jo­ce­lyn Thi­bault, Ste­phen Ca­ba­na and Be­noît Gou­let.

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