March 1, 2017; Liverpool, NS: A local non profit organization received Council approval to pursue their plan to convert the former Mill Village School into an international boarding school. At the February 28, 2017 Regular Council meeting, the Council of the Region of Queens Municipality approved giving notice of its intention to enter into a Purchase and Sale Agreement with The Devi International Boarding School Society for the sale of the former Mill Village School property, located at 227 Medway River Road, Mill Village, NS, for a sale price of $1.00. A Public Hearing be held on March 28, 2017 at 8:55 am in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, 249 White Point Road in Liverpool, NS.
“Innovative thinking by the Devi International Boarding School Society will see a municipally owned property, which has been vacant since 2014, turn into a vibrant, economic driver for the community,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “When the Mill Village school closed in 2014, it was returned to the Region of Queens Municipality by the South Shore Regional School Board, and when no Municipal purpose was found for it, a Request for Proposals was issued, with no responses. In October, 2016, an unsolicited proposal came forward to breathe new life into a property that means a great deal to many in the local community. The idea is unique to the area, will contribute to community diversity, and provide local jobs directly and indirectly.”
Section 51 of the Municipal Government Act provides for a Municipality to sell or lease property at a price less than market value to a nonprofit organization that the council considers to be carrying on an activity that is beneficial to the municipality. As the property has an estimated value is more than $10,000 less than market value, Council is required to first hold a public hearing respecting the sale..
The property is approximately 5.8 acres in area and contains a circa 1960’s split level elementary school building that is 11,298 square feet in size. In May of 2015, the Region hired the services of a real estate appraisal firm to prepare a valuation of the property on the basis of improved land (with building) and also as vacant land. The market value came back at $45,000 for As Improved and $31,000 As Vacant. The annual cost for the Region of Queens Municipality to maintain the vacant former school is almost $10,000 per year in heating fuel, power and insurance.
The Public Hearing regarding the sale of the former Mill Village School to the Devi International Boarding School Society will take place on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 8:55 am in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, 249 White Point Road in Liverpool, NS.