A deal drawn up to prevent residents of Kingsway Kort from being pushed from their homes couldn’t be made and the closure of the park seems to remain imminent.
Dean Esler, owner of a Boston Pizza restaurant in Brandon, headed a committee of Kingsway tenants that offered to buy the trailer park. The deal, according to Esler, would have resulted in residents owning shares of a corporation, meaning they would actually own the land on which their trailers stand.
The initial offer was rejected by property owner Dan Cayer.
“At this point in time, we can’t come to a deal, “ Esler said, whose daughter and mother both live in the park. “The asking price and our offer price aren’t compatible yet, so we’ve backed off until further notice.”
A counter-offer was sent back to Esler last week and it was flatly rejected.
“In good conscience, we couldn’t go ahead, it just wouldn’t make any sense whatsoever,” he said. “So, it’s off the table.”
Cayer will remain the owner and the landlord of the tenants at Kingsway and declined to comment on why he refused the deal when contacted by the Sun.
The deal was sent to Cayer after it was announced earlier this month Vancouver-based Kitsilano Laneway Housing Ltd. breached the terms of a purchase made last year.
That deal meant residents had to move off the land to make way for a housing development. Despite the breach announced in a letter to tenants earlier this month, Cayer told them the park was still going to shut down.
Both Cayer and Kitsilano, working under the name Brandon Evergreen, declined to divulge the nature of the breach.
In an email, Brandon Evergreen representative Aaron Dubois said “from a legal standpoint we are not able to discuss specifics.”
As of right now, the 30 to 40 families still living in the neighbourhood will have to move out by the end of the year.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 28, 2014