That this National Executive Council affirm that at this time the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada has no particular desire or need to dispose of its property at 600 Jarvis Street, Toronto, and that, in the opinion of the National Executive Council and in fairness to the members of the Church, if that property were to be sold the national office should only be relocated without cost to the Church; and
that, in response to the offer from Metro Toronto of $4 million, the Church make a counter-offer of $6.5 million (in 1980 dollars) plus escalating factors and contingencies (re legal fees, leases, etc.); and
that the present task force on the sale of the Church House property be discharged with thanks, and a new task force be constituted to pursue negotiations with Metro Toronto, including time factors and terms of payment, and to propose the alternative national office location with requirements and plans, and arrangements for construction of a new building; and
that the Diocese of Toronto, St. Paul's Church (Bloor Street), The United Church of Canada and other interested bodies be advised of the gist of this resolution. CARRIED
Moved by Mr. D.R. Smith, seconded by Rt. Rev. T.D.B. Ragg,
That the National Executive Council approve the membership proposal and terms of reference of a task force to discuss the possible sale of the Church House property.
General Synod: Messrs. Murray Bosley and Brian Grose, Rev. W.E. Lowe, Mr. J. Ligertwood, Ven. A.D. Brown, Canon W. Asbil.
St. Paul's Church, Bloor Street, Toronto: Messrs. W.B. King and Tom Gathercole.
2. The Diocese of Toronto should be asked to name a representative or representatives to the task force.
3. Correspondence from the Commissioner of Parks and Property of Metropolitan Toronto should form the background for the task force.
4. Terms of Reference should include:
(a) negotiation with representatives of Metro Toronto Corporation about possible sale of Church House property;
(b) consideration of possible dislocation and relocation factors and costs;
(c) valuation of present building and property;
(d) the possibility of full development of Church House building (adding five floors);
(e) new site of the national office and details of such development.
5. If the task force decided to recommend the sale of the Church House property, the Officers of General Synod, together with the Chairman's Advisory Committee of the Administration and Finance Committee should be authorized to approve the sale of the property, the price and details of relocation.
Other items reported to NEC for information only included the following:
1. The Committee commended the funding of the Clergy Stress Proposal to its Trust Funds Grants Sub-Committee.
2. The Committee received a report from its Task Force on the Development of the Church House Property which stated that:
- the property is not saleable at present;
- the addition of 5 additional floors would not be economically feasible;
- in the event that the present building were sold, relocation would require additional funding;
- the balance of the tennis courts area at the rear of the property (owned by St. Paul's Church) would be acquired by General Synod (Chancellor Soward is to explore the matter with the Church);
- property values should be reviewed at about 5-year intervals.
3. The Committee directed divisions, committees and staff:
(a) to keep spending levels within budgets approved for the 1974 and succeeding Budget Years;
(b) to get approval from the Budget Sub-Committee for any contemplated overexpenditures;
(c) to make a careful review of expenditures for the balance of 1973 with a view to reducing the projected deficit (in the order of $185,000) as much as possible.
4. The Committee instructed the Program Committee to reduce the 1974 total expenditures by 2 1/2% ($69,565) because of an anticipated shortfall in revenue of $70,000 and the large deficits for 1972 and 1973.
5. The Committee asked the Inter-Church Relations Committee to include in its 1975 spending estimates the full amount of $15,000 for the World Council of Churches' Assembly Budget and Special Travel Fund which ICR had proposed budgeting over the years 1974-76.
6. The Committee reviewed the financial statements and budgets of the Ecumenical Institute of Canada and concluded:
(a) that there is no immediate need by the Institute for funds because of the size of its reserve fund;
(b) that the allocation of any funds to the Institute from our budget should be delayed until action is taken by NEC or General Synod on the future relationship of our Church to the Institute.
7. In response to a request from the Primate, the Committee authorized the use of $40,000 of MSCC reserves in 1973 to be used in relation to the General Synod resolution about the provision of Discretionary Funds to the bishops in the North; a further $40,000 has been earmarked from trust funds for use in the first part of 1974 (until the fall appeal bears fruit).
TORONTO, Dec. 14, 2001 -- The General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada today announced the completion of the sale of its property in Toronto as part of a five-year plan, first announced in 1998, to provide new office headquarters for the church's national office.
The General Synod office site, located at 600 Jarvis Street, will be redeveloped by a Toronto-based property company into a mixed-use residential and office complex in two phases, with completion of Phase I, a 17-storey tower, projected for Fall 2003. The national office of Canada's third-largest religious denomination will remain in its current building until the first phase is completed, after which the present three-storey brick building will be demolished and the offices moved to four floors of the adjacent new facility, located on nearby Hayden Street.
"We are pleased to have this unique opportunity to bring our facilities up-to-date", said James Cullen, treasurer of General Synod. "Our existing property was acquired in 1922 and has been added to several times over the years. The last major upgrade was in 1962 and the property is now in need of major repairs. The renovations to bring the facilities to modern standards for nearly 100 employees would cost considerably more than to rebuild under this plan."
The General Synod property is part of a small parcel of desirable midtown Toronto land with interlocking ownership by three parties: 1) General Synod, 2) St. Paul's Anglican Church and 3) Crown Life Insurance. Sale price for the property -- disclosed in January 1999 when the deal was signed -- is $9 million, with General Synod netting 3.65 million. These funds are committed to purchase a 40,000 square-foot office and retail facility when Phase I of the new development is completed. The agreement also provides for the General Synod to relocate its Anglican Book Centre to the Phase II building on Jarvis Street. Until completion of Phase I, General Synod will hold in escrow an irrevocable letter of credit. Purchaser of the land and developer of the new complex is Philmor Group Ltd., a Toronto developer with a successful track record of residential and mixed-use projects.
Earlier this year, church officials predicted the General Synod could run out of liquid assets and be forced to wind down by the end of 2001. This pessimistic scenario based on the huge financial drain -- so far nearing $5 million and continuing at a rate of more than $1 million a year -- caused by residential schools litigation.
Archdeacon Jim Boyles, General Secretary of Synod, said this week the forecast of financial insolvency for the Anglican national church has now been pushed back into 2002. The reason, he said, is a slowdown in the rate of payments required from earlier lawsuits and a small increase in voluntary donations to the church during the current year. The church now has enough cash flow -- barring unexpected, new developments in the settlement of claims -- to continue operations through 2002.
"The outcome of the residential schools matter is far from resolved. We still have a long way to go to reach an agreement on a just and fair settlement process with the federal government," Archdeacon Boyles said. "In spite of this uncertainty, it is in everyone's best interest that our church continue to plan for the future. We believe the Church House redevelopment project represents an important vision of hope that we will be here to continue our work for years to come."
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TORONTO, October 22  -- The Anglican Church will exchange its aging office building on Jarvis Street in Toronto for a modern building to be constructed a block away, but nobody is packing yet.
The church has sold its property as a part of a four-party real estate development announced today. The developer, Philmor Construction, has assembled a block of land which will permit it to proceed with two mixed residential/commercial developments. In the first phase, a new office and residential building will be constructed at the eastern end of Hayden Street, a block west of the church's current location. When General Synod staff move to the new building, their current offices will be demolished to permit construction of residential and retail space on the site.
The Anglican Book Centre, which will move initially to the new building, will return to a Jarvis Street storefront when the second development is complete.
The General Synod will realize $550,000 on the exchange of property, although the Treasurer, Jim Cullen, said there will be additional expenses associated with moving. Most of the proceeds from the transaction will go to St. Paul's Anglican Church, which owned both property and air rights that form part of the development.
Specifically, Philmor will pay $9 million for 600 Jarvis Street and the St. Paul's parking lot, of which St. Paul's will receive $5.35 million and General Synod $3.65 million. Philmor will also acquire an adjacent piece of property from Crown Life. General Synod will purchase a portion of the new Hayden Street building for $3.1 million.
The move is expected to produce savings on annual maintenance, which has been climbing steeply at the 600 Jarvis Street building. The venerable facility has existed, in one form or another, since 1922. In recent years it has suffered increasingly severe problems with its electrical and mechanical systems, including poor ventilation, wildly fluctuating temperatures, frequent water damage from corroding pipes, and a persistent leak in the roof over the Church House library.
The sale of the building was approved conditionally in January, in accordance with principles established by the church's national executive council, but it has only now been finalized. Timing of the move depends partly on the sale of residential units, but the agreement specifies that the Hayden Street building must be completed no later than March 31, 2003.
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1. agree in principle to the sale of Church House and the leasing of required office space at the Mutual Centre at Islington Avenue and Bloor Street, Etobicoke, provided that:
a) proceeds from the sale are invested and interest only used to cover the major portion of future rent;
b) the Officers are satisfied that the specific financial transactions are in the best interests of General Synod;
c) consideration be given to the future site of the Anglican Book Centre either at the new site, or elsewhere in the city core;
d) the financial package include repayment of approx. $530,000 advanced from the Fry bequest for Church House redevelopment purposes;
e) further consultation be held with St. Paul's Church.
2. engage Royal Lepage Real Estate Services Ltd. to act on behalf of General Synod in assisting in the sale of Church House and the leasing of new space.
3. authorize the Officers to approve any agreements required with respect to the sale of National Office property and leasing of new office space at the Mutual Centre, and that this authorization expire at the beginning of the meeting of the National Executive Council in March, 1995.
Moved by : Mr. Justice Ron Stevenson
Seconded by Mrs. Lorna Janze
That, in paragraph 1, the words "at the Mutual Centre at Islington Avenue and Bloor Street West, Etobicoke," be deleted.
That, in paragraph 2, the words "and if necessary other advisors" be added after Royal Lepage Real Estate Services Ltd.
That, in paragraph 3, the words "at the Mutual Centre" in the second line be deleted.
The mover and seconder of the amendment agreed to the following revisions:
In paragraph #1, line #1, to read "leasing or purchasing"
In paragraph #2, line #2, to read "leasing or purchasing"
In paragraph #3, line #2, to read "leasing or purchasing"
Item 1 a), line #1, to add "If new space is leased" before "proceeds from the sale".
That the motion and amendments be tabled until the next meeting of NEC. CARRIED #42-11-94