Pin­court sells are­na land to keep pro­ject on track

Ne­west so­lu­tion for be­lea­gue­red pro­ject

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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.

PHOTO KRIS­TI­NA EDSON

Two beau­ti­ful horses pul­led win­ter car­ni­val re­ve­lers Sa­tur­day on Hud­son’s snow co­ve­red Pine Lake.

PHOTO KRIS­TI­NA EDSON

Ska­ters of all ages, and abi­li­ties, en­joyed

the outdoor fun.

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