As co-owners of the building, formerly known as Parkville’s Old School House at 133 McMillan Street, the Parksville and District Association for Community Living (PDACL) wishes to set the record straight.
PDACL has not received communication from the Oceanside Community Arts Council (OCAC) regarding any plan to pursue having the ‘MAC’ as a designated heritage building. We have, however, read about it in The Parksville Qualicum Beach News.
It is not the intention of PDACL to engage in any process that involves seeking heritage designation for 133 McMillan Street, Parksville. As co-owners with OCAC, we believe it is imperative that we come to an understanding as to the future viability of the building.
The needs of both organizations have changed and grown over the years. Owning only half of the building no longer sustains the demands of either group.
In an effort to move forward, PDACL, with the approval of the membership, made a formal offer in writing to the president of OCAC to sell our share of the building to them at 50 per cent of appraised (market) value. The OCAC declined that offer. PDACL then made an offer to OCAC to purchase their share of the building. That offer was also declined.
PDAC’s focus is in providing quality programs for our participants, adults with developmental disabilities, in a safe and functional environment.
We, therefore, are working to occupy a building where we can operate all our programs under one roof in central Parksville.
Clair Schuman, president,
Parksville and District Association for Community Living