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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

St. Mary's Demolition Closer

Owen Sound | by Bayshore News Staff  

Owen Sound Council approves site plan for new addition at St. Mary's High School.

Work is expected to start soon on the demolition of the original St. Mary's High School Building in Owen Sound.
The Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board has site plan approval for a proposal to knock down the 120-year-old structure and build a new addition which will commemorate the original school.

City council passed a bylaw on Monday night allowing the site plan agreement to be finalized.
Council had made a number of attempts over the last couple of years to encourage the school board to come up with a plan that would save the building, which is unused and boarded up.
But the board pointed out that while the Ministry of Education will pay for new school buildings and expansions -- it will not fund renovations of the type needed in the original St. Mary's building.

With no money to repair a building said by board officials to be crumbling and in danger of collapse -- the structure's fate was sealed.
There was also no public outcry to save the building, as there was a few years ago when the community unsuccessfully tried to save the downtown Queen's Hotel from being torn down.
It's not clear when the school board will apply for a demolition permit.

It's also not known when work will begin at the site, but it's expected to happen soon so the job can be done before students return to school in September.


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