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For Sale: Orillia Community Centre

By Sara Carson, Orillia Packet & Times

ORILLIA - 

The Orillia Community Centre is up for sale.

At Monday’s council meeting, city politicians approved declaring the Brant Street property surplus and soliciting offers with the building remaining on site.

Council also authorized a budget of $15,000 to rezone the lot residential.

“(This will) maximize the value of the land for sale,” Dan Cousins, Orillia’s manager of facilities, said Monday. “A key selling feature may be the availability of the development charge demolition credit.”

City politicians were mainly concerned with where the memorabilia inside the facility will go.

“I just wanted to make sure the memorabilia gets sold off, not trashed,” Mayor Angelo Orsi said.

The Orillia and District Construction Association has expressed interest in arranging for volunteer contractors to undertake the task of removing items for fundraising, Cousins said.

“The parks and recreation department will certainly assist with that endeavour, provided it doesn’t have a negative effect on building security,” he added.

The bleachers, numerous signs throughout the building, dressing room doors and the score clock “were the main items” of interest, Cousins said.

City staff plan on selling off or auctioning the items for a community charity, he said.

Coun. Linda Murray wanted to know how an organization would be selected.

“I’m wondering what criteria you’ll (use to) judge where the money would go to — towards which charity organization?” she said. “I think you’re going to be inundated. You’re going to have many come to you and ask for those funds.”

That had yet to be considered, Cousins said.

“That is totally up in the air at this point,” he said. “We would certainly work with whatever group came forward to assist them to remove the items.”

The city is considering conducting a web-based sale.

“So we actually physically do not need to go in and remove a bunch of things that maybe we do not sell,” Cousins said.

sara.ross@sunmedia.ca

Twitter: @Sara_VRoss


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