Child care operator sought for Coeverden Castle

Child care operator sought for Coeverden Castle

By Matthew Hoekstra – Richmond Review

Updated: June 18, 2012 3:44 PM

 

It might be the coolest kids’ castle—or perfect princess palace—in need of a lord.

 

 

Richmond City Hall is searching for a non-profit provider to operate a future child care facility inside the replica Coeverden Castle. The castle was a longtime fixture at Fantasy Garden World in the Shellmont neighbourhood and is the only building left standing after the theme park’s demolition.

 

 

Townline Gardens Inc. is retrofitting the building, at 10640 No. 5 Rd., as part of a development deal with the city that paved the way for a residential-commercial project known as The Gardens.

 

 

The 4,000-square-foot child care centre will be designed to accommodate as many as 37 children of various ages. It will feature another 4,000 square feet of outdoor play space, and will be adjacent to a future city park.

 

 

The city-owned facility will be leased to a non-profit child care provider for a nominal fee for at least 10 years.

 

 

The city accepting expressions of interest until Sept. 14.

 

 

Building and site plans have yet to be drafted, but the centre could be ready for operation as soon as the fall of 2014, according to the city’s request for expressions of interest document.

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COMMENT:

Hmmm.

I didn’t realize the City “owned ” the castle

QUOTE:

The city-owned facility will be leased to a non-profit child care provider for a nominal fee for at least 10 years.

This “Fantasy Garden” deal has to be one of THE worst deals the City has ever made.

I am aware that the City has signed on to maintain the Landscaped Gardens (aka NOT OWN THEM….) for an estimated cost of approx $250,000 annually.

Now, the City aka We,  the taxpayers…. own a “pig in a poke”….a building that we the citizens are exposed to as a liability, fiscal or otherwise.

To allow such a large scale development in THIS part of Richmond simply adds more to the mountain of evidence of how corrupt and clueless our City Hall is.

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