For­mer S.W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium sold in Har­bour Grace

The Compass - - NEWS - BY MARK SQUIBB ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

The Town of Har­bour Grace has con­firmed that Fitz Mo­bile Weld­ing Inc. has pur­chased the for­mer S.W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany’s pro­file on a Gov­ern­ment of Canada web­site, “Fitz’s Mo­bile Weld­ing Inc. is a weld­ing and fab­ri­ca­tion busi­ness of­fer­ing mo­bile and in-shop ser­vices to the marine, con­struc­tion, struc­tural and off­shore in­dus­tries.”

Fitz pur­chased the prop­erty on Fri­day, Jan. 13 with a bid of $400,000.

Ac­cord­ing to Har­bour Grace CAO and town clerk, Michael Sac­cary, the cor­po­ra­tion’s in­tent is to use the fa­cil­ity “to run a steel fab­ri­ca­tion op­er­a­tion.”

“This is a good start for Har­bour Grace ... It’s cer­tainly a pos­i­tive thing for the com­mu­nity,” Sac­cary said.

“It’s some­thing that ev­ery­one in the sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties such as Bay Roberts and Car­bon­ear, and this whole sec­tion of the is­land would def­i­nitely ben­e­fit from. Right off the bat you’re look­ing at 20, 25 em­ploy­ees, prob­a­bly em­ployed in the first year. And then it’s end­less where you can go from there.

“There’s not too many op­er­a­tions in At­lantic Canada that can do the type of work they can do.”

The town pre­vi­ously agreed to sell the prop­erty to Pat McCormick in Au­gust of 2016. It was put back on the mar­ket how­ever, in Septem­ber, af­ter McCormick pulled his of­fer to pur­chase the prop­erty.

McCormick had bid $400,000 and of­fered two pieces of land, the for­mer Woodart Ltd. prop­erty and a piece of land near Lilly’s Lane.

With the new Danny Cleary Com­mu­nity Cen­tre open­ing last fall, the town no longer needed the old sta­dium, which first opened in 1958.

This is a good start for Har­bour Grace ... It’s cer­tainly a pos­i­tive thing for the com­mu­nity. —Michael Sac­cary

TC ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

The Town of Har­bour Grace sold the for­mer S.W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium to Fitz Mo­bile Weld­ing Inc.

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