The City of Brandon has received only one expression of interest for roughly three acres of property at the Wheat City Golf Course, where the current Rec Centre stands.
The city put the call out in mid-July to developers wishing to purchase, plan, finance, construct and operate a mixed-use development on the property. The deadline for developers to submit expressions of interest was Sept. 6.
Perry Roque, the city’s director of community services, says the one submission came from J&G Homes.
Communications director Allison Collins told the Brandon Sun via email that the city’s land review committee is still in the final stages of reviewing the sole submission.
Details of J&G Homes’ proposal cannot be made public, due to confidentiality protocols, Collins added.
According to the city, developing the property at 3500 McDonald Ave. is part of Brandon’s commitment to explore revenue generating options. Roque has said the city’s vision for the property would be to create an attractive, golf course-like community setting that will support both residential and recreational uses.
According to the expression of interest document, the appraised value of the property is $1.5 million.
No portions of the Wheat City Golf Course, the nearby tennis courts or the cellular tower site on the property are up for sale as part of the proposal.
“We wish to be clear to the public that the City of Brandon is not looking to sell the Wheat City Golf Course,” Perry said in a recent press release. “Rather, we want to enhance the recreational amenities we offer at the Wheat City Golf Course through the redevelopment of a building on the site that is currently not being used to its full potential. This is really about making the city’s community offerings at 3500 McDonald Ave. better.”
As the Brandon Sun reported last week, Mum’s Family Restaurant, which is located in the Rec Centre, will be shutting down by the end of October after four years in business. Owner Brent Johnston said it was the uncertainty surrounding the property’s future that led to his decision to close. Currently, approximately 20 people work at the restaurant. Some staff members will be able to move to the Mum’s location on Victoria Avenue.
The call for expressions of interest came after a series of public consultations in 2012. A request for proposals process will be undertaken with shortlisted proponents this fall. A recommendation on the property’s development options from city administration is scheduled to come to Brandon City Council in the spring.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 3, 2013