Prince Rupert School District given approval to sell Kanata school

The Prince Rupert School District (SD52) has been given the green light to sell the former Kanata Elementary School property.

The Prince Rupert School District (SD52) has been given the green light to sell the former Kanata Elementary School property to a bidder it sees fit.

Kanata Elementary was built in the late 1960s and was closed in 2008 due to declining enrolment in the school district. Of the three shut-down schools currently sitting vacant in the community, Kanata is the lone property SD52 owns clear title of.

SD52 began accepting sealed bids on the Ottawa Street-property in early 2014, but needed approval from the B.C. Ministry of Education before a sale could be finalized.

The provincial government recently gave SD52 approval to sell the property to an offer the district’s board of education is satisfied with.

The district is now listing the Kanata lot for $975,000.

In April, SD52 secretary-treasurer Cam McIntyre told Prince Rupert city council the district was in discussions with groups looking to develop the site into a residential property. Most of the 6.23 acre-lot is undeveloped and has access to city water, sewer and storm sewer lines.

Funds generated from the sale of the site must be used for capital projects within the Prince Rupert School District.

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