The Town of Huntsville has accepted an offer to sell the Waterloo Summit Centre for the Environment for $3.9 Million.
During the Town of Huntsville Council meeting held November 27th, Town Council declared the Waterloo Summit Centre for the Environment building and parking lot (identified as Part 1 and 2 of Addendum #1 of RFP-2017-PLAN-26) to be surplus to the municipality’s needs and accepted an offer from De Novo Trust Fund in the amount of $3,905,000.
The additional lands surrounding Part 1 and Part 2 will continue to remain under the ownership of the Town of Huntsville.
De Novo Trust Fund was the successful bidder on a Request for Proposal that was released by the Town of Huntsville on July 27th, 2017 for the future optimal use of the Waterloo Summit Centre for the Environment. Five submissions were received with 3 offers to purchase and 2 offers to lease. Separate evaluation criteria was developed for both the “purchase” and “lease” options. The submissions were evaluated by an Evaluation Committee consisting of Town Staff and a recommendation was made to General Committee to proceed with the proposal submitted by De Novo Trust Fund. This recommendation was ratified by Council on November 27th. The proposal identified that De Novo Trust Fund would operate the building as a rehabilitation centre, assisting individuals to recover from alcohol and substance abuse.
“This term of Council has been striving to fund existing capital plans that include all of our Municipal Assets. As part of this process, decisions have been made to dispose of municipal assets that are surplus to the municipality’s needs so that the ratepayers of Huntsville do not continue to fund these assets for future replacement,” said Mayor Scott Aitchison. Mayor Aitchison further noted that, “De Novo Trust Fund will be a great addition to our community as we continue to focus on strengthening access to healthcare in our area.”
As part of the disposition of land process, the Town of Huntsville is welcoming comments from the public regarding the proposed disposition and use of the Waterloo Summit Centre for the Environment. Written comments regarding the proposed disposition are to be sent to Crystal Best-Sararas, Deputy Clerk, 37 Main Street East, Huntsville ON P1H 1A1, no later than noon on December 14, 2017.
The summary of public comments received during the comment period and disposition of land By-law will come before Council for consideration at its regular meeting to be held on December 19, 2017 at 10:00 am in the Council Chamber, 37 Main Street East, Huntsville, Ontario.
For details on the Chief Administrator’s Report regarding the disposition of the Waterloo Summit Centre for the Environment Building please see the attached PDF (the paperclip icon at the bottom of this release). This PDF also contains details on the original RFP Documentation please see Appendix A and the RFP summary of bids as Schedule B.