Pincourt sells arena land to keep project on track
Newest solution for beleaguered project
The Town of Pincourt changed direction recently when it found itself skating on thin ice with a sports complex project that has been mired in bad luck for more than 10 years.
On Jan. 31, the Town announced a resolution withdrawing an application with the ministry for credit approval and authorization to sign the lease contract for the sports complex, opting instead to sell the land occupied by the rundown area to Société d’Exploitation Sports Sherbrooke for $339,000, plus tax.
Mayor Yvan Cardinal said the decision was reached after the town learned its application with the ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l’Occupation du territoire (MAMROT) seeking approval to go ahead with the credit commitment and lease contract would be delayed at least another month.
“We knew if we waited for their decision we would not be ready to open next September,” Cardinal said Monday afternoon.
“For us this is a project for the citizens and we want to make sure it will be ready on time.”
According to the Town, ‘ after several months of study, MAMROT found the lease contract to be non-serviceable.’
And though it had ‘contrary legal opinions,’ Pincourt went with the ministry’s recommendation and found a new way to ensure the completion of the project.
The land sale deed will include only the land on which the building sits. An area of marsh land, as well as a lot located between the sports complex and neighbouring homes, will be excluded from the sale.
Société d’Exploitation Sports Sherbrooke and Groupe Thibault, Rhéaume et Associés, will spearhead the completion of the project to see the abandoned building located at the corner of Fifth Ave. and Pincourt Blvd. finally completed.
The Town has signed a contract with Société d’Exploitation Sports Sherbrooke guaranteeing it will rent ice time from the company for a five year time period. Cardinal, who has dealt with the file as mayor since 2009, but before that as a volunteer hockey coach, said the day cannot come soon enough.
“This means our citizens won’t have to travel so far to get ice time. We’re going to have ice time for schools, and for groups and for open skating for citizens. This is for them that we’re doing this.”
The 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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