Spirit Square purchase

Regarding the front page article of November 14th.

Dear Editor,

Regarding the front page article of November 14th.  Four years ago I was approached by Cleo Corbett, the Town Planner, to work with the Town as the Spirit Square plans overlapped onto the property that the Riverhouse Tavern was leasing.  I worked with the town to visually match the Spirit Square theme and also to work out an arrangement so that the Square could use some of the property as there was a “pinch point” in the design between the fountain and the afore mentioned property fence.  AT NO TIME WAS ANY INDICATION GIVEN THAT THE TOWN WISHED TO PURCHASE ANY PART OF THE PROPERTY.  A lease for one year was agreed upon – a very reasonable lease, I might add!!.  The next year I suggested that the Town purchase the property.  Not only was there no response from the Town, it fell short with the lease payment, forcing me to bring a lawyer into the communication.  For well over a year I waited for the Town to come up with the money it owes me for rent and also an offer to purchase.  It is now going onto two years!!    Finally, the Town came forward with an offer and I agreed right away.  I am hopeful that the deal will soon close as it has to date not been sealed.

With all due respect, I am disappointed with how much time and money has been spent on this simple transaction above and beyond what is necessary.  Also, for the record, the land in question belongs to a local corporation, and is leased to the Riverhouse Tavern, which is the best tenant one could wish for, being always on time with rent and very easy to deal with, unlike the Town.

Sincerely,

Jane Fearing

Golden

Editor’s Note: This LTE was for last week’s paper and a deal may be done by publication day.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

No active confirmed COVID-19 cases in Interior Health: BCCDC

Numbers from the BCCDC’s dashboard show 193 of the 195 COVID-19 cases in the region have recovered

Golden weddings still happening, despite COVID

While the weddings tend to be smaller, Julia Cundliffe says the commitment is still real

Golden’s Shape Up Fitness providing fun fitness during pandemic

The Facebook classes have reached people across the country and has spread internationally as well

Okanagan Regional Library to begin re-opening process on June 2

Curbside pick-up and book returns will be available starting on Tuesday, June 2

New Facebook group seeks to promote Golden’s local businesses

Created just a few days ago, the group has been met positively by local businesses

March dental conference key to many of B.C.’s COVID-19 cases

Early infections from China, Iran were quickly contained

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation woman, 26, fatally shot by police in Edmundston, N.B.

Police were conducting a well-being check at the time of the incident

Seniors to receive up to $500 in promised COVID-19 emergency aid in early July

The Liberal government first promised the extra help in mid-May, but had to create a new system to deliver the aid

Nelson counsellor works online with university students in central Asia during pandemic

Robin Higgins is home from her job in Tajikistan because of COVID-19

VIDEO: Revelstoke bear wanders into Animal House pet store

Staff got ready to chase it out with a broom

New study is first full list of species that only exist in Canada

Almost 40 per cent of them are critically imperilled or imperilled and eight are already extinct

Angel Flight takes flight from Creston after being grounded by COVID-19

Angel Flight is a volunteer-run organization which gives people flights to doctors appointments

Nature Conservancy takes in more lands near Canal Flats

Badgers, bears and birds to benefit from bolstering bunchgrass conservation in Rocky Mountain Trench

Most Read