By Scott Costen
It appears Queens Daycare will stay in its current location after all.
The agenda package for the Nov. 27 council meeting shows the licensed child care organization submitted the only proposal to purchase the former Mount Pleasant School.
A report from Region of Queens planner Mike MacLeod notes that, while the property is appraised at $69,000, council “has the ability to consider sale of municipal property at less than market value to a non-profit organization.” He recommends selling it to the Queens Daycare Association (QDA) for $1 in respect of its benefits to the community, which include not only child care, but employment and work placements for Early Childhood Education students.
If council approves MacLeod’s recommendation at next week’s meeting, the matter will proceed to a public hearing and final council vote.
QDA has been searching for a new home since last September, when it was notified that Region of Queens intended to dispose of the building. Board chair Donna Dexter told council Nov. 13 the organization had been unable to find a location that complied with provincial regulations. She said the daycare would close if it couldn’t stay at 108 College St.
Dexter told council a local developer, whom she called “an answer to our prayers,” had offered to help QDA remain in the aging building. “He has offered to partner with us for consultation and to advise us as new property owners,” she said. “He has also offered financial support … to cover any financial shortfall we may have over the next one or two years with no expectation of repayment.”