Despite the rocky road, both Garderie les P’tits Coeurs and The Nation Municipality got what they wanted. For one, the possibility of a longer lease; for the other, selling a building running a yearly deficit of about $45,000.
At its meeting on Monday, September 11, council accepted a bid by Stéphanie Desjardins-Montojo and John Montojo to buy the Limoges Pavilion for $421,000.
The couple’s bid was the only one submitted to the municipality, which was looking for a minimum submission of $375,000.
The Review previously reported on the potential closure of the daycare after receiving a letter from the municipality that it would terminate the lease at the end of October. The daycare subsequently sent a letter to parents, and many removed their kids, leaving the daycare in a dire financial situation. The Nation then passed a resolution at the end of August that would help tide the daycare over financially until the sale was final. That resolution is still in place until the sale is finalized, according to Brière.
According to Brière, the couple had already contacted the daycare and offered a 10-year lease.
“We were a little concerned for the parents, but now they can bring their kids back,” he said. “Those families will be reassured.”
To ensure the sale goes through, the municipality is asking for a $10,000 deposit to be received by September 22.
Stephanie Desjardins-Montojo is a teacher, the principle, and chairperson of Academia Stella Maris, a private school that offers, according to its website, “bilingual education in a true Catholic setting.” The academy is located in Metcalfe and offers tailored workshops for children from preschool all the way to grade 12. Her husband, John Montojo, is the academy’s secretary.
The academy’s website also shows Vincent Detillieux as an advisor. Detillieux is also the president of Saint Joseph Property Management, which was awarded the sports dome contract by the municipality in June.
In justifying the sale of the building, Brière that said with the incoming sports dome and community centre, the pavilion would be doubling services offered to residents, such as hall rental.