Municipality Prepares To Knock Down School

Posted on Thursday, April 20, 2017 13:29 PM

It's the end of the line for the former Gold River-Western Shore Elementary School.

The Municipality of the District of Chester has put the building's demolition out to tender.

Efforts by community members to have the school repurposed came to an end late last year when it was determined the cost to refurbish the building was too high.

Warden Allen Webber says it's unfortunate.

"It was contentious, but at the end of the day I think people accepted that it was just too large a project for a small community to take on. And the municipality had no specific need for it really, that made any financial sense."

Webber says he wants to work with the community to use the land in the most appropriate way.

"If they have specific ideas about how it can be better utilized for community purposes we're willing to discuss that with them. But at the moment the intention is simply to remove it, leave the playgrounds in place and the soccer fields and allow them to enjoy it."

Tenders will be accepted until April 28.

Webber hopes the building will be knocked down before summer so people can enjoy the existing playgrounds and the new park area that will be created.