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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Lake Huron Learning Centre Sold

Kincardine | by John Divinski  

Kincardine has sold the building to the Carpenters Union, who plan to make an education centre.

The Lake Huron Learning Centre at 385 Queen Street in Kincardine--the former Westario building--is being sold to the Carpenters Union Local 2222.

The sale of the property, which is owned by Kincardine, was approved by council on June 20th.

Kincardine Mayor Anne Eadie says the deal will put $750,000 into the coffers of the municipality and rids the town of surplus property that needed to be maintained.

The new owners want to create a new training facility for the Huron/Bruce region, working with post-secondary education providers and devleoping a partnership with Fanshawe College.

Mayor Eadie hopes the change will "enhance the skilled trades training" and hopefully attract more as well.

Eadie says they're hoping to retain most of the educational components in the building now.

However, one that won't be staying is the Lake Huron Learning Collaborative, whose lease was to expire at the end of the year.

Collaborative people have asked to end the lease by June 30th.

Local 2222 has already indicated they want to obtain the property as soon as possible so they can get started on necessary upgrades to accommodate their plans.

The deal calls for the building to be maintained as a training facility for a minimum of 5-years.

Eadie calls the sale and future plans for the building encouraging because the town is hearing from the business community that they need more education facilities in the skilled trades and technology areas.

In a prepared news release, Local 2222 Carpenters Union Coordinator Ryan Plante says they're excited to be part of the growth of Kincardine and area and look forward to investing in a world class training facility.

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