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Council OKs sale of former call centre site

City-owned property was put on the market last year; one councillor voted against sale of city 'asset'
2 Hunter Valley Rd Orillia
The city has found a buyer for the former Nordia site at 2 Hunter Valley Rd. Photo provided by the City of Orillia

City council has approved the sale of the former TeleTech and Nordia building at 2 Hunter Valley Rd.

Little information is being provided, as the sale has not officially closed, but council gave it the green light Monday.

While the identity of the buyer has not been divulged — it is listed only as a numbered company, 5006426 Ontario Inc. — Coun. Ralph Cipolla said, “To have a local entrepreneur for this property creates work, creates jobs …”

“It’ll bring a lot of benefits to our community,” he said.

Coun. Jay Fallis was the only one to vote against the sale of the west Orillia site, saying it is “an asset for the city.”

The city-owned property was put up for sale in September 2020 for $5.449 million.

The city built a 44,000-square-foot building on the 5.75-acre site in 2002 at a cost of about $3.6 million. It was created to house a TeleTech call centre.

Nordia took over the building and the lease in 2013.

In August 2020, council directed staff to sell it.

More information will be provided when the sale is finalized.