Accepted offer for former Tatamagouche library was second highest of four

Harry Sullivan
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TATAMAGOUCHE – The sale price received by the County of Colchester for the former Tatamagouche Library is $36,000.

Library sale

The building was purchased by Hans Christian Jost of Jost Vineyards for use as a micro brewery.

The sale price was the second highest of four offers made through a request for proposals put out by the municipality.

The highest offer of $48,000 was made by Stevan Forbes, who had proposed turning the former library into a land survey office.

Third highest was Jeremy DeVito at $27,500, who had proposed using the site as a book store/café.

The lowest offer of $1 came from Derek Leet, who had proposed turning the property into a farmers co-op.

“It was clearly indicated that the major concern for council was what was the intended use for the property going to be,” acting county CAO Bruce Purchase said, of what led to the final decision.

Ultimately, it was determined that from the proposed offers, a micro brewery would be more in keeping with land designation uses along Main Street in Tatamagouche.

“And so based on the review and the discussion with council, they felt that that use was more in keeping with the purpose of the plan there,” Purchase said.

 

 

 

Geographic location: Tatamagouche

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  • Ann.MacCuspie
    February 06, 2013 - 19:48

    I am perplexed by the reasoning that would perceive "a micro brewery" (a business that promotes the production and use of alcoholic beverages) as more in keeping with the current businesses located on Main Street Tatamagouche (e.g., bank, pharmacy, commercial storefront businesses). And, in doing so leave $12,000 on the table when area taxpayers are paying the bills. Furthermore, Stevan Forbes is a resident of Colchester County and a local taxpayer - Jost does not fall in either of these categories. Why does it appear that something inexplicable has occurred here?