Town of Grand Bank seeking control of former hospital property
Grand Bank Mayor Rex Matthews said council will look to gain control of the land currently occupied by the town’s former cottage hospital.
An announcement a tender for the demolition of the structure was made earlier this month.
During council’s May 12 meeting, Mayor Matthews noted the tender is scheduled to close this coming Monday.
The town’s next step is to make representation to the Department of Transportation and Works, which owns the building and property, he said.
“Once that (building) is down, then the property, I guess, will go on the market, and they’re probably going to look for fair market value,” he said.
“For our best interests, and to protect our people, we have to get control of that land. That’s the next big issue that we have on our plates to do.”
Opened in 1941 and initially closed in the late 1980s, the cottage hospital was revamped as the Grand Bank Community Health Centre and continued to operate until the present Grand Bank Health Centre opened in 2008.
While it may cost some money, if the town is able to acquire the property, Mayor Matthews said council would be able to ensure the land is put to good use, noting the price could be recouped during a future sale.
“There are people very interested in affordable housing,” he told council.
The mayor noted the project to dismantle the building, which contains lead and asbestos, and remediate the property would be extensive.
“It’s going to take a good crew a number of months to remove that facility,” he suggested.