S.W. Moores back on the mar­ket

Po­ten­tial buyer pulls of­fer af­ter town agrees to ac­cept bid

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NICHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

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