© Aaron Stuckel
The owners of this building on High Street West have offered the property to the City of Moose Jaw with stipulations on how it could be developed.
City manager Garry McKay will have a lot of work to do in the coming weeks in regards to a High Street property that has been offered as a donation to the city.
During Monday’s city council meeting, Coun. Fraser Tolmie brought forward a notice of motion that sees a Moose Jaw couple donating the building on the southwest corner of First Avenue and High Street West to the city.
In a press release, Robert and Monique Marciszyn made what they call their “only public statement” regarding the property as they have been enduring health issues and have asked for privacy. However, a letter sent to city hall via Tolmie explained their decision to donate the building.
“The City of Moose Jaw has been a good city to our family and business, and we feel it is now time for us to give back to the community,” the letter states. “We wish to donate the property that we own (as it is) to the city on two conditions. First, that we are given a tax receipt for the value of the land and second, that the city is not allowed to sell the land for development but is to use it to enhance the city’s appearance by having some green space or an area for people to congregate and meet, and most importantly to improve the appearance around Mosaic Place.”
Tolmie said he has been speaking with the family for the last three weeks and that they are hoping the matter can be moved ahead as quickly as possible.
“Any one else would want to do that. The less stress in their life the better,” he said. “I just want to recognize this couple for coming forward and for committing to the community that they live in, and recognizing what community actually is.”
Though it’s not uncommon for residents to turn a property over to the city, the fact that the Marciszyns have established guidelines for how the property is to be used changes matters considerably. City administration will have two weeks to figure out how much tearing down the building and developing the property will cost before council votes on Sept. 4. McKay said he doesn’t know how much the property is worth.
“At this point I don’t, but it will be part of our due diligence, (along with) what it costs to knock the building down. That will be the type of facts that we give council when they deliberate on the matter,” he said. “We’ve got some research to do here.”
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