Mayor Gordon clarifies Kemptville College deal

Members of the federal government and the Grenville Community Futures Development Corporation present a cheque to North Grenville for $84,900 for the development of the Kemptville College campus. Mayor David Gordon has released a statement about the negotiations with the Ontario government after a media report suggested another firm was interested in the site. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

KEMPTVILLE – North Grenville Mayor David Gordon is clearing the air over negotiations behind the tentative sale of the campus at Kemptville College from the Ontario government to the municipality.

The mayor made a statement during Monday night’s council meeting (Nov. 27).

Gordon was responding to a report in the North Grenville Times newspaper suggesting another investment firm behind a humanitarian fund had expressed interest in the site.

Gordon describes the report as “out of context” and “unsubstantiated” and maintains the municipality has always been “clear, transparent and on the record.”

“The Province has negotiated exclusively with the Municipality regarding the acquisition of Kemptville Campus and advising that the Municipality welcomed any and all expressions of interest to partner in developing the Campus as an education and community hub if the acquisition was successful,” the mayor’s statement read in part.

Earlier this month (Nov. 17), the federal government announced $84,900 for the Municipality of North Grenville to develop the campus into an education and community hub for training, health and wellness and economic development.

The municipality has also established a partnership with the Eastern Ontario French Public School Board after opening a French language school in North Grenville on the campus in the fall of 2016.

The property deal is expected to close next year.

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