Town of Nipawin to sell lots for new group home, gymnastics facility

By Charlene Tebbutt
May 29, 2018 - 2:00pm

A public meeting is set for later this month to finalize the sale of two local lots in Nipawin to allow for a new group home and gymnastics facility in the community.

The Town of Nipawin is hosting a public meeting May 28 to discuss the sale of two lots along 10th Avenue West in the community, between Third Street and Fifth Street West. The town intends to sell the lots for less than market value and without a public tender.

Doug Gudnason with the Nipawin Tumbler Gymnastics Club intends to open a new 6,000-square foot facility on one of the lots, at the corner of Third Street and 10th Avenue West. The club has been using Wagner Elementary School for classes, but outgrew it, he said.

Gudnason said he plans to set up a pre-fabricated building at the site, and have a local contractor set it up this summer. He said the new facility should be ready by the time classes start again in September.

“Over the past four years we’ve grown almost 300 per cent. We started with 60 students and this year, we have 180,” Gudnarson said.

Gundarson says the new facility will allow for even more gymnastics classes in Nipawin.

“We have a lot of opportunity,” he added.

Administration from the Town of Nipawin said residents in the area were consulted about both the new group and gymnastics club and they don’t expect any issues when the sale comes up for discussion later this month. The group home will be built by the Saskatchewan Housing Authority and operated by a third party.

“It’s been very positive discussions, they’ve been very supportive,” Barry Elliott, chief administrative officer with the Town of Nipawin said of residents in the area.

The meeting to finalize the lot sale is expected to get underway at 7 p.m. on May 28.

 

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