Sale of town hall nearly com­plete

Sackville Tribune - - NEWS -

CAO Michael Beal, with the deal ex­pected to close on May 1 (un­less the re­zon­ing/change to busi­ness dis­trict for the prop­erty isn’t ap­proved).

Beal said once the pa­pers are signed, coun­cil will di­vulge what the de­vel­oper’s plans are for the 80-year-old brick build­ing in the cen­tre of down­town Sackville and the pric­etag agreed upon.

The pur­chase and sale agree­ment was based on the Laf­fords’ sub­mis­sion in the ‘Re­quest for Ex­pres­sion of In­ter­est’ (REOI). The town is­sued the REOIS last sum­mer in or­der to de­ter­mine the level of in­ter­est in both the town hall build­ing and the fire sta­tion build­ing and to see what de­vel­op­ers had in mind for the two fa­cil­i­ties. Although the REOIS gen­er­ated plenty of ini­tial in­ter­est, only one pro­posal was sub­mit­ted for town hall.

The REOI laid out cer­tain cri­te­ria the de­vel­op­ers had to fol­low in or­der to pur­chase the build­ing, in­clud­ing: hav­ing an eco­nomic as well as a so­cial ben­e­fit, bring­ing tax dol­lars into the com­mu­nity, cre­at­ing jobs, and en­sur­ing the her­itage as­pect of the build­ing is pre­served.

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