Old Libbie Young building let go for $1

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September 16, 2014 10:33 AM

The old Libbie Young Centre building was sold to the Lloydminster Social Action Coalition Society last week for $1. - File Photo

The sale of the Libbie Young Centre building to the Lloydminster Social Action Coalition Society has gone through after last Monday’s city council meeting.

City Coun. Linnea Goodhand, announced the sale at the council meeting, saying that the LSACS does a good job in the community, and the sale would be beneficial to both them and Lloydminster as a whole.

“I think that we heard through the last general election, and often since that election that obtainable housing is a major issue in this city,” she said.

“There are economic issues and there is work security as well. The good work that LSACS has done to address this issue, and get the shelter up and running has been remarkable.”

Goodhand said this sale was a
natural progression to get some transitional housing in place, “So it’s not just a place to sleep, but it’s a place to work, live and grow, and have a full and robust life.”

The sale of the building came with a price tag of $1, Goodhand said that wasn’t a bad thing for both ends of the deal.

“If you speak to them, they will no doubt say that there is so much work to be done with the property to get it ready,” Goodhand said, adding that the property outlived its usefulness for the City of Lloydminster.

“We weren’t going to hold a non- profit up for ransom and say that we want fair market value for the property,” she said.

Reverend Micheal Stonhouse, of the LSACS, said that the sale of the Libbie Young building to the coalition will be able to expand on a growing problem in the city of Lloydminster.

“Right now we have the Men’s Shelter, that is an emergency short-term accommodation. What the new place will be is a supplement for that, and it will be a place for people who have jobs, and need a help obtaining money for damage deposit and first month rent.

Goodhand said that numerous applications for the land came in, but the LSACS was the first one with a really compelling message for the land.

“They had a concrete plan for the property, and a message for other non-profits out there is come ready to pitch your plan, because we are ready to help where needed,” she said.

Goodhand said that Neil Harris and Stonhouse of LSACS were committed to the project.

“And they knew exactly how the city could contribute to the project,” she said.

Stonhouse said that he hopes to have the six-room Libbie Young building transformed into the eight-room Gibney house before the snow flies. “We are hoping to have the sale finalized by Sept. 26, and then get a contractor in who can change the layout to make more spaces in the new Gibney House,” he said.

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