Mud­town Sta­tion deal re­flects unique na­ture of prop­erty, busi­ness

The Sun Times (Owen Sound) - - OPINION -

Mud­town Sta­tion is proud to be a part of the vi­brant com­mu­nity of Owen Sound and we have been over­whelmed by the won­der­ful wel­come we have been given. It has been a long path to take a nearly derelict build­ing and turn it into a new en­ter­prise that is unique and thriv­ing and we would like to thank the com­mu­nity, the coun­cil and staff of the City of Owen Sound, our in­vestors and our staff for show­ing faith in Mud­town. The great weather this sum­mer has also helped.

We are pleased to see the east har­bour be­com­ing a des­ti­na­tion and we are confident that new busi­nesses, res­i­dents and even boaters com­ing into the in­ner har­bour will con­tinue to in­crease. We know from chat­ting with our cus­tomers that many are com­ing specif­i­cally to Owen Sound to see the former CPR sta­tion trans­for­ma­tion and sam­ple our in­no­va­tive menu and se­lec­tion of craft beer.

De­spite the re­cent con­tro­versy, we know the ne­go­ti­a­tions with the city were con­ducted in a pro­fes­sional man­ner and the re­sult­ing lease agree­ment was fair for both par­ties. While there may be those who feel that the deal was un­fair or lacked trans­parency, we do not agree as we fol­lowed the process we were given and ne­go­ti­ated a unique ar­range­ment be­fit­ting this unique prop­erty. Through­out this process we were happy to be able to work with the pro­gres­sive city coun­cil and staff of the city of Owen Sound. This part­ner­ship has cre­ated a spe­cial place called Mud­town Sta­tion out of an aban­doned CPR sta­tion and we are proud of that.

The city, as land­lord, con­trib­uted sig­nif­i­cantly to the basic restora­tion and in­fras­truc­ture costs of the build­ing and did re­ceive some grant money to off­set some of these costs, but we want to make clear that our in­vest­ment in the build­ing is far greater the fig­ure quoted in the Sun Times ar­ti­cle of $335,000. As is com­mon in a ma­jor ren­o­va­tion to a his­tor­i­cal build­ing, we en­coun­tered un­ex­pected work and con­se­quent costs. We were able to com­plete the project thanks to the great trades­peo­ple who worked for months to help us achieve our dream, the city which hon­oured the deal we made, and our in­vestors and fi­nancers who took the leap of faith to sup­port us in a busi­ness with no guar­an­teed re­turns.

We feel that Mud­town Sta­tion is a wor­thy ad­di­tion the fabric of Owen Sound as our food and craft beer of­fer­ings are cre­at­ing a new din­ing niche in the area, it has cre­ated new jobs and tax rev­enue in the city and is a cor­ner­stone for devel­op­ment in the east har­bour area. We will con­tinue to do our best to be a will­ing and pro­duc­tive part­ner in mov­ing for­ward the vi­sion of this city and sur­round­ing area as both a des­ti­na­tion and as the place where you want to live!

Harold Kloeze Pres­i­dent of Mud­town Sta­tion Inc.

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