HRM reaches $3.6-million settlement for St. Patrick’s-Alexandra

Council asks for staff report on using money towards improving North Memorial library.

HRM reaches $3.6-million settlement for St. Patrick’s-Alexandra

Jono Developments will pay HRM $3.6 million for the former St. Patrick’s-Alexandra elementary school.

Regional Council voted 14-2 in approval of a settlement agreement between the municipality and the developer during an in-camera meeting Tuesday night. Only peninsula councillors Waye Mason and Jennifer Watts voted against the sale.

Some of that money may end up going towards renovating and enhancing the nearby Halifax North Memorial Public Library. Council asked for a staff report exploring that option at the same meeting.

Closed in 2009, St. Pat’s-Alexandra was declared surplus in 2011 and put up for sale through a Request For Proposals. HRM agreed to sell the property to the recommended buyer—Joe Metlege’s Jono—but that decision was reversed after a number of north end organizations rightly pointed out the sale was against council’s own policies to first offer surplus property to community groups.

After years of negotiations, legal threats and little progress, city staff say Tuesday’s sale “concludes legal proceedings” between Jono and HRM.

The final sale price of $3.6 million is adjusted from Jono’s original $3 million offer in 2011, accounting for the property’s increased assessment.

Here's the declassified in camera report:

About The Author

Support The Coast

At a time when the city needs local coverage more than ever, we’re asking for your help to support independent journalism. We are committed as always to providing free access to readers, particularly as we confront the impact of COVID-19 in Halifax and beyond.

Read more about the work we do here, or consider making a donation. Thank you for your support!

Comments (1)

Add a comment

Add a Comment

Get more Halifax

The Coast Daily email newsletter is your extra dose of the city Monday through Friday. Sign up and go deep on Halifax.

Recent Comments

  • Re: The truth about great white sharks in Nova Scotia

    • I believe there was one more incident about 15 years ago that was reported by…

      Posted by: Morris Green on Aug 7, 2022

  • Re: Why Schmidtville matters

    • Agree 100%! It's amazing what you and the group have accomplished for the protection and…

      Posted by: Donna Brinson on Aug 4, 2022

  • Re: The politics of imagination

    • Really enjoyed this article, thanks for sharing. Evidence of the difficulty of pulling past what…

      Posted by: Bloctopods on Aug 4, 2022