S.W. Moores back on the market
Potential buyer pulls offer after town agrees to accept bid
A venerable stadium in Harbour Grace is back on the market just a month after being sold.
At the town’s Sept. 8 council meeting, finance committee chair Coun. Kathy Tetford revealed Pat McCormick had pulled his offer to buy the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium leaving Harbour Grace back at the drawing board, so to speak.
On Aug. 10, McCormick’s bid of $400,000 and two pieces of land — the former Woodart Ltd. property next to the current town hall and a piece of land near Lilly’s Lane - was deemed the winner by council.
At the time, he beat out Robert Tetford and Greenspar Wholesale Ltd. as the other bidders on the stadium. There was a fourth, but it withdrew early in the process.
It was believed McCormick was going to use the stadium for storage.
Now, Harbour Grace is left with finding another buyer for the S.W. Moores. That issue caused quite a bit of discussion at the meeting last week.
While Coun. Tony McCarthy wondered whether the town would be better served to give the other two bidders a chance to provide a second bid, other councillors wanted to re-advertise the stadium to see what other offers might come forward.
“My question would be … what is our responsibility to the number two bid?” asked McCarthy.
The quick answer to that there was ‘none,’ according to Mayor Terry Barnes. This sparked a back-and-forth exchange that went on for close to 20 minutes.
A lot of it involved whether the unselected bids were owed a conversation to acquire the stadium, what was required of the town in the situation and whether it should seek any legal advice.
“The final decision definitely comes back to us,” said Coun. Hayward Blake.
It was decided Harbour Grace would revisit the previous bidders before advertising the sale of the stadium.
New stadium postponed
While Harbour Grace’s old stadium appeared early in the agenda, it’s replacement was discussed later in the meeting.
The town was scheduled to take ownership of the new rink at the top of Jamie’s Way on Sept. 19, but with some work still left, Harbour Grace won’t receive the keys until Sept. 24.
That’ll be the official opening day for the anticipated recreation facility with CeeBees minor hockey getting things started that morning.
The day before the stadium will be open to the public for viewing.
The sale of S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium has fallen through the cracks.