Russell Mayor defends sale of brewery building
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OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
January 25, 2022
RE:Sale of the Township building currently leased to Brasserie Étienne Brulée
I could go into in-depth details regarding the current situation of the Township owned building.
However, I will keep my comments relatively short. Contrary to the one-sided article in the
Review Newspaper, Township staff have been discussing in good faith with the tenant since the
beginning of 2020 the different scenarios that could occur at the end of the December 31, 2020,
lease; this is not new. Even though the lease ended, Township has maintained the current
significant below rental market-rate and accepted the ongoing issue of missed rent payments in
hopes of finding a solution.
Township offered multiple options to the tenant, even offering to trade the building for a portion
of the approximate 100 acres of land owned by the tenant on St-Guillaume Road near our
industrial park. Unfortunately, no offers discussed by either party have been acceptable to the
other thus far.
In our 2022 budget, the sale of this property will help considerably reduce the financing costs to
rehabilitate a municipal bridge; without these funds, it would have necessitated a tax increase.
We are always willing to work with the tenant in finding a solution that is beneficial to both
parties; however, Council does have a responsibility to all businesses and residents, not only
I wish to thank the community for their passionate response to this news article; this only shows
our caring nature. I encourage everyone to continue supporting each other and our local
businesses whenever we can.