Discussion at city council regarding the future of the property acquisition at 105 High St. W. will have to wait.
During Tuesday’s regular council meeting, Coun. Fraser Tolmie introduced a property acquisition motion regarding the donation of the property at 105 High St. W. However, Tolmie moved to table the motion to the next regular council meeting on Sept. 17. It was passed unanimously.
“As it stands, the family would like to have more information relating to this property and their offers to the city,” said Tolmie.
The motion stated: “That city administration be authorized to enter into negotiations with the land owner of 105 High St. W. for the acquisition of this property and report back to city council with a recommendation of a source of funding for the demolition and removal of this building.”
In a letter dated Aug. 16 addressed to Tolmie, Robert and Monique Marciszyn, the owners of the property, stated in their “only public statement” they are prepared to give the city the first right of refusal to obtain the property. They also said the property would be a donation to the city in exchange for a tax receipt for the value of the land. The city would also develop green space for people to meet and improve the area’s appearance surrounding Mosaic Place.
A report to council from Garry McKay, the city manager, dated Aug. 30 stated that if the city accepts the offer to acquire the property, the city would need to identify a funding source for $335,000. That includes the demolition cost of $170,000 and park development cost of $165,000.
For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.