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Kemptville Campus Acquisition and Partnership

MEDIA RELEASE

The Municipality of North Grenville is pleased to confirm that an offer to purchase the property was agreed to with the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO) on December 22, 2017. The official transfer of ownership will take place on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. 

The Agreement of Purchase and Sale stipulates that the Municipality will acquire approximately 633 acres of land, including 34 buildings, for the development of an Education and Community Hub focused on education and training, health and wellness, and economic development for a purchase price of $7.7 million. 

Summary of Transaction

  • Market value for the property was a condition to initiate negotiations for the Province
  • The property was appraised at $11 million
  • The purchase price was discounted by $3.3 million to recognize infrastructure deficits and deferred maintenance on the property
  • The purchase price was subsequently established at $7.7 million
  • The Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario (CEPEO) (French Language Public School Board) is investing in the Hub through their purchase of 2 buildings and approximately 7 acres of land in the amount of $3.7 million. This money is to be placed in a municipal reserve fund to be spent exclusively on infrastructure renewal and the development and continued sustainability of the Education and Community Hub
  • The established purchase price of $7.7 million will further be reduced by this $3.7 million amount by way of a forgivable loan with the Province of Ontario, provided that these funds are spent as stipulated in the municipal reserve fund over the next 7 years
  • The balance of the purchase price will be in the form of a $4 million loan by the Municipality from Infrastructure Ontario
  • Both the principal and interest costs of this loan shall be incorporated into the operating costs of the Kemptville Campus Education and Community Hub
  • No municipal tax payer dollars will be applied to the purchase price

New Partnership

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One of the most exciting and unique aspects of the Municipality’s purchase of Kemptville Campus is the partnership that has developed with the Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario (CEPEO). The CEPEO provides the Hub with expertise and innovation in the education field, as well as extensive knowledge of community hubs and how they can best serve the community. 

"The CEPEO is a proud partner of the Municipality, as a leader and as an active contributor to the development of the Kemptville Campus Education and Community Hub. This partnership is a tangible sign of development, economic sustainability, and proof of the CEPEO's commitment towards the community", adds Linda Savard, Chair of the Board of the CEPEO. Both the Municipality and the CEPEO are committed to inclusion and are eager for collaboration with all educational institutions, locally and regionally."

David Gordon, Mayor of the Municipality of North Grenville, went on to say “This outcome is very good news for Kemptville Campus, the residents of North Grenville, and surrounding communities.  The partnership with the CEPEO is facilitating the renewal and sustainability of the Kemptville Campus Education and Community Hub.”

Not-for-Profit Corporation

The operation and maintenance of the renewed Kemptville Campus will be through a wholly-owned not-for-profit corporation, which will operate at arm’s length from the Municipality. The mandate for the not-for-profit will be to develop the Kemptville Campus Education & Community Hub as a multi-tenant site focused on climate change adaptation, low carbon innovation, and agriculture resiliency under the three guiding pillars of education and training, health and wellness, and economic development.

Next Steps

The partnership received matching funding from the Grenville Community Futures Development Corporation; and have since hired Patricia Remillard MBA and Dr. Trevin Stratton – National Lead in Economic Development to develop strategic and business planning documents, and these initiatives are well underway. Dr. Trevin Stratton brings extensive knowledge of community hubs, in addition to previous experience with the campus from his leadership role with the BDO feasibility study.

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BACKGROUND DOCUMENT

Backgrounder: The Municipality of North Grenville Acquisition of Kemptville Campus

The Municipality of North Grenville is pleased to confirm that after reaching an Agreement in Principle regarding the Municipality acquiring a large portion of the former Kemptville College Campus in November, 2017, an offer to purchase the property was agreed to with the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO) on December 22, 2017. The official transfer of ownership is anticipated to take place on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

Summary of the Transaction

  • Market value for the property was a condition to initiate negotiations for the Province
  • The property was appraised at $11 million
  • The purchase price was discounted by $3.3 million to recognize infrastructure deficits and deferred maintenance on the property
  • The purchase price was subsequently established at $7.7 million
  • The Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario (CEPEO) (French Language Public School Board) is investing in the Hub through their purchase of 2 buildings and approximately 7 acres of land in the amount of $3.7 million. This money is to be placed in a municipal reserve fund to be spent exclusively on infrastructure renewal and the development and continued sustainability of the Education and Community Hub
  • The established purchase price of $7.7 million will further be reduced by this $3.7 million amount by way of a forgivable loan with the Province of Ontario, provided that these funds are spent as stipulated in the municipal reserve fund over the next 7 years The balance of the purchase price will be in the form of a $4 million loan by the Municipality from Infrastructure Ontario Both the principle and interest costs of this loan shall be incorporated into the operating costs of the Kemptville Campus Education and Community Hub ARIO is providing $500,000 for deferred maintenance projects as part of the transaction; this is over and above a significant amount of infrastructure improvements and deferred maintenance work that was completed over the past two years No municipal tax payer dollars will be applied to the purchase price

New Partnership

One of the most exciting and unique aspects of the Municipality’s purchase of Kemptville Campus is the partnership that has developed with the Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l’Ontario.

The CEPEO has been successfully operating an elementary school on the campus since the fall of 2016 and, with the Municipal acquisition of the property moving forward, an agreement has been reached to sell the Administration and Rorke buildings to the School Board for $3.7 million.  Between the purchase price and the renovations of the buildings, which are already underway, the agreement represents a $9 million investment.  This investment combined with that of the CECCE (Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-est) will bring the total amounts allotted under the education pillar to approximately $12 million.

The CEPEO provides the Hub with expertise and innovation in the education field as well as extensive knowledge of community hubs and how they can best serve the community.  This partnership between the Municipality and the CEPEO will leverage the diverse campus assets and significantly mitigate risk for Hub partners and community stakeholders.

New Mandate for Kemptville Campus – Education and Training / Health and Wellness / Economic Development

The operation and maintenance of the renewed Kemptville Campus will be through a wholly-owned not-for-profit corporation, which will operate at arm’s length from the Municipality. The mandate for the not-for-profit will be to develop the Kemptville Campus Education & Community Hub as a multi-tenant site focused on climate change resiliency and low carbon innovation under the three guiding pillars of education and training, health and wellness, and economic development.

Education and Training

The renewal, which has already begun, will see campus land and building infrastructure repurposed for use by multiple French and English school boards for early years, elementary, secondary, adult education and related community service activities.  

To that end and building on the education pillar and the Campus capacity in plant agriculture, the Hub will initiate education pathways and create awareness around the environment and sustainable food production for local and regional students.  

The education pathways will include specialized exposure, awareness, experiential, and skills training programs. The Hub will be meeting with all Boards of Education in April to further develop collaboration in education pathways and determine the role that each board can play.

Health and Wellness

Under the Health and Wellness pillar, the Community Hub will be developed to support social services.  Services that align with existing supports in education and promote child, youth, and family well-being will co-locate on the site, bringing partners together to further leverage the campus’ unique capacity, share resources, create efficiencies and provide the community with greater and improved access.

Early plans include arts & culture, recreation in the form of greenspace and trails, and a botanical and/or community garden. Discussions with potential partners have been initiated and are on-going.

Economic Development

Under the Economic Development pillar, the Hub will invite additional participation by both profit and not-for-profit organizations, social enterprise partnerships and business incubation, all of which will provide students with exposure to entrepreneurship and possibly, student-managed enterprise activities. Discussions with potential partners have been initiated and are ongoing.

Next Steps and Moving Forward

The partnership between the Municipality and CEPEO received matching funding from the Grenville Community Futures Development Corporation to engage a consultant for the initial year and start-up phase of operations.

A Request for Proposal for a consultant was issued in December and subsequently, Patricia Remillard has been hired on a one-year contract. 

Ms. Remillard will provide leadership to further conceptualize, articulate and accelerate the realization of the vision for the Education and Community Hub.  Her background includes experience in post-secondary administration, the private sectors, and expertise in Business Development, Project Management, Public Administration, International Development, Leadership, Marketing and Communications.

The first deliverable associated with this contract has been to engage a third-party firm to assist with the development of 7 year strategic and business planning document.  BDO was retained to complete this task which, at this time, is well underway.

The final BDO report will also recommend the appropriate Not-for-profit Governance and Operating Structure for the Community Hub. Dr. Trevin Stratton – National lead in Economic Development for BDO brings extensive knowledge of community hubs, in addition to previous experience with the campus renewal as a result of his leadership role with the BDO feasibility study completed in 2016. As well, a Communications Strategy will be developed to ensure that all Hub Partners, and community stakeholders are regularly informed of Hub activities on a go forward basis.

Kemptville College played a pivotal role for agriculture in Eastern Ontario for the past 100 years.  Building on this rich history, as an Education and Community Hub, it is positioned to be a catalyst for climate change resiliency and low carbon innovation, for all its local, Provincial, National and International stakeholders and partners for the next 100 years.