Media Release: University of Waterloo announces plan to cancel lease agreement with the Town of Huntsville

March 24, 2017

TownHall-Winter

(HUNTSVILLE, ON) The Town of Huntsville has been notified by The University of Waterloo that the University will be terminating their lease agreement as of August 31, 2017 and vacating the Waterloo Summit Centre for the Environment, located at 87 Forbes Drive in Huntsville at the end of May 2017.

“We would like to thank the Town of Huntsville for offering us the opportunity to provide some of our environmental programming at their facility for the past several years,” said Jean Andrey, Dean of the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo. “It is unfortunate that the distance between our campus and the centre proved to be a challenge for our students but I am pleased that we will be able to continue to offer those educational opportunities in Waterloo.”

The current lease agreement with the Town of Huntsville was set to expire at the end of August 2018.

“It is unfortunate that the University will be leaving the campus in Huntsville,” said Mayor Scott Aitchison. “With this recent announcement, the Town of Huntsville will be looking at the future use of the facility in order to find a long term solution.”

“Finding the right fit is important to us,” added the Mayor. “We want to reduce the financial cost of this building to the taxpayer while still maintaining the original intent of the facility, which is a focus on education and environmental stewardship.”

In the interim the Town of Huntsville is continuing its relationship with existing community groups and businesses renting space in the Waterloo Summit Centre for the Environment.

 

Background:

The University of Waterloo has been offering programming at the Waterloo Summit Centre for the Environment since it was opened in 2011 and renewed its lease in 2015 for an additional three years. University of Waterloo administration notified the Town on March 16th, 2017 that the university will be vacating at the end of this term.

 

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For more information, please contact:
Denise Corry, Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Huntsville
denise.corry@huntsville.ca | 705 789-1751 x 2225

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