CORNER BROOK — The deal for a buyer to purchase the former city hall in Corner Brook is nearly finalized, according to deputy mayor Donna Luther.
She would not provide any details on who the potential buyer is, or what the building and/or land would become, but said it could be signed within a couple of weeks. It would then go to council for ratification. Previously, Mayor Neville Greeley said the proponent plans to turn the facility into an office building.
An environmental assessment was completed on the property whereby contamination issues had been identified earlier this year. It cost between $47,000-$58,000 for the assessment, with a portion covered by the interested developer.
The results of the assessment were unknown to Luther, but she said a resolve was obviously found in order to move forward with the sale/purchase.
"That building has been sitting there for a year now, and we are lucky it hasn't been vandalized and there hasn't been a lot of damage to it," she said. "It will be very nice. It is prime property downtown Corner Brook, and it will be great to have somebody go in there and turn it into something functional."
Considering the age of the building and the environmental concerns, the deputy mayor said to be near finalizing the deal this fast is impressive.
The details are expected to be finalized, and revealed, in the coming weeks.