Tender Awarded for the Demolition of the Autumn Lodge in Berwyn
At the March 4, 2020 Board Meeting of the North Peace Housing Foundation the Board directed administration to award the tender for the demolition of the Autumn Lodge. There will be more details to follow once the contracts are finalized and signed.
First of all, the Foundation would like to express our sincere thanks to the individuals and community members who brought ideas for consideration and we would also like to thank the Province of Alberta, The MD of Peace, the Village of Berwyn and the Lac Cardinal Economic Development Board for the hard work they put forth in their mutual endeavour to find alternative uses for the facility.
This decision to proceed with the demolition of the Lodge was a difficult but necessary one, following two years of attempting to find parties interested, and well funded enough to take on the existing structure and have the capital to refurbish the building to acceptable standards, plus the ability to sustain the continuing operating costs that would be incurred depending on its future use.
A short history of these efforts includes the following:
In March of 2018, the Foundation advertised a Request for Proposals (RFP) regarding the repurposing of the Autumn Lodge. No proposals were received from this process.
Also, in May of 2018, the Board formed an Autumn Lodge Disposition Committee to look for further options for the Lodge. No alternative uses were forthcoming from these discussions.
Further, in September of 2018, the Foundation listed the Lodge, with a local Real Estate agent, for sale at the price of $1.00 with the condition that offers had to include “a vision and viable plan.” No offers resulted from this listing.
In February of 2019, the MD of Peace and the Lac Cardinal Regional Economic Development Board received a matching grant of $10,000.00 from the Province to find ways to repurpose the Lodge. The Foundation received reports outlining a variety of potential future uses of the facility from the Lac Cardinal Regional Economic Development Board, however, again, no proposals resulted from this process.
In September of 2019 a public notice was advertised stating that the Board, at its October 2nd meeting would be discussing a motion to proceed with the demolition of the Lodge if no offers were forthcoming. All interested parties were invited to attend. At that meeting, after considerable discussion and as a result of there being no proposals presented, the Board directed administration to tender an RFP for the demolition of the Autumn Lodge and that it be advertised effective January 1st, 2020 and ending at noon on February 28, 2020.
The decision to delay the start of the RFP process from October to January 2020 was to allow time for any last-minute proposals and, unfortunately, none were received. As a result, the RFP was tendered as scheduled.
At times over the past two years, potentially interested parties brought up ideas, in basic form, for re-purposing the Lodge, however none included the required viable business plan or demonstrated the needed capitalization to progress from the idea stage to an acceptable proposal.
As the decision to award the tender for the for the demolition of the Autumn Lodge has been made, there will be no further consideration of alternative options for the use of the facility.
To read an interesting article from the Mile Zero / Banner Post, published on March 4, 2020, regarding the demolition please click the button below: