Stephenville Mayor Tom O’Brien is seen in front of the West Coast Training Centre Wednesday. — Photo by Frank Gale/The Western Star
After several months of negotiations, the Town of Stephenville and the provincial government have come to an agreement for the town to take ownership of the West Coast Training Centre.
Mayor Tom O’Brien said Wednesday afternoon the province would provide the town with $515,000 to undertake renovations and upgrades at the fitness and sporting facility and transfer the ownership of the building to the town.
Council received the offer Monday afternoon and called a private meeting to discuss the issue. Council members approved the offer.
O’Brien said the next stage is to get an operator for the facility, and council will have discussions with the YMCA early next week. That organization has already expressed an interest in operating the facility.
“This is certainly good news as the West Coast Training Centre is a vital part of our community and region,” he said.
O’Brien said council appreciates of the $515,000 for maintenance and upgrades, and the goal now is to get the doors open as soon as possible.
Council had been asking for $750,000 in addition to the building, but O’Brien said both sides had their numbers in mind and took their time to negotiate until they had a figure that they both could accept.
O’Brien said the amount council received ended up being the “magic number” and it is currently exploring maintenance issues with the building and putting them in order of priority.
“We’re (town council) thinking that a little more than half a million dollars will provide a lot of upgrades to the building,” he said.
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