Neverending story –
Themunicipality of Hatley is still in discussions with the Anglican Church over St. James Hall, the much-used heritage building located on the Hatley Commons. The town would like to become the owner of the building, but only if it gets confirmation that the Quebec government grant of $280,000, announced in 2010, would still be available if the Anglican Church sells the building to the municipality. The total cost of the renovations was estimated at $400,000 just a few years ago.
“We’re still studying the idea but the objective of the Hatley council is to make a decision about St. James Hall this year,” commented the town’s general director, Roland Gascon.
At the beginning of the month, the Memphremagog RMC (Regional municipal council) announced
an additional grant of $100,000 for the renovation of St. James Hall under the Pacte Rural program. “The Pacte Rural will give us this money only if the town is the owner of the property and after all the work is done,” explained Mr. Gascon.
“There are still many steps to take and we want to make sure that, once it’s done, it will be done right,” he added.