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City sells two of three parcels in cancelled land-swap deal

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The property and development committee agreed to sell the former Berry Street fire hall for $267,000.

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The property and development committee agreed to sell the former Berry Street fire hall for $267,000.

Two of the civic properties caught up in the cancelled Shindico land swap deal were sold this morning.

The sale of the third property – the former fire hall on Grosvenor Avenue – was put over for a week following a last-minute appeal by a group whose offer wasn’t recommended by administration.

The property and development committee agreed to sell the former Berry Street fire hall for $267,000. The purchaser plans to convert the old hall as a single family home or a multi-family residence.

The committee accepted a $1-million offer for the second parcel, vacant city land at 409 Mulvey Avenue East. The purchaser plans to construct a 12-storey, 68-unit apartment block on the site.

The three civic properties were originally to be swapped to Shindico in exchange for title to the Taylor Avenue site where fire paramedic station #12 was built.

But the swap was cancelled by city hall and all three properties put up for sale.

The committee later endorsed an administration plan to take Shindico to expropriation on the Taylor property, after the two sides were unable to come up with mutual price.

The administration had recommended the sale of the former River Heights fire hall on Grosvenor for $429,000 to a numbered company proposing to convert the property into a day care.

However, a decision was put over a week after the Rady Jewish Community Centre said they wanted to buy the old hall, also for a daycare.

Rady JCC executive director Gayle Waxman said it had secured provincial government funding for their proposal.

An administrative report stated the city had received five offers for the Grosvenor property and was recommending the numbered company.

Waxman would not disclose the bid the Rady JCC had made for the property, adding that it was close to the recommended offer but still below the $429,000 offer.

 

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

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Updated on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 1:19 PM CST: Fix typo in headline.

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