BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard
SCUGOG: Since the Grenadier moved on to Montreal, the former War Memorial Library located at 269 Queen Street has been sitting vacant, waiting for someone to make use of the historic stone building. Recent developments have put the stoic symbol of downtown Port Perry up for grabs once again, ready for the highest bidder.
On December 16, Scugog Township council spoke to the matter of the building at its final council meeting of 2013. It was decided to place the building up for lease or sale, with a purchase price of $514,000, or with a lease of $2,800 per month to a single tenant.
After rejecting the single offer received when the building was put on the block earlier this year, council directed township staff to retain a local real estate service for the purposes of marketing the structure.
Once four local real estate firms made bids on the library’s contract earlier this month, township staff chose to go with the agent who offered the highest reasonable sale price and lowest commission, in order to maximize profit and expedite the listing and selling process.
Chuck Willes of Coldwell Banker R.M.R. Real Estate Brokerage was given the contract. This is due to the fact that he offered the lowest commission, at three per cent, if his services were used to both list and sell the historical landmark. The buyer of the building will have to deal with one catch: namely, the pathway that currently runs from east to west at the rear of the building. An estimated cost of $5,000 would be required to relocate the sidewalk and allow room for parking.
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