School board, City of Brockville ink deals for new school and recreation facilities

Fulfilling closure decisions made in previous ARC process

BROCKVILLE – The Upper Canada District School Board has notched a major milestone toward the planned closure and merger of two Brockville elementary schools, while the City of Brockville took a significant step toward its commitment to build a new twin-pad arena and sports field for the public.

That’s the upshot of a conditional land deal approved by both entities yesterday, with the UCDSB and City respectively purchasing property from the other.

The UCDSB will build a new school on 14.3 acres at 550 King Street West, a “state-of-the-art school” facility to replace Commonwealth and Toniata Public Schools. Those schools didn’t survive the Board’s Accommodation Review closure process 18 months ago and have been slated to shut down.

For its part, the city will buy 9.93 acres of land to accommodate the new twin pad arena and sports field. This recreational infrastructure will be designed to provide additional amenities including an indoor walking track and artificial field. The timeframe for construction and opening of this new recreational infrastructure is dependent upon the receipt of third-party funding.

The purchase and sale is conditional upon a number of factors, including a customary due diligence period, until November 30 this year.

Terms of the deal — whether it involved a straight swap of land or some cash as well — have not been released.

“It is truly a pleasure to partner with the City of Brockville on this important project that will benefit families in the City for years to come,” said UCDSB Chair Jeff McMillan. “I am confident that our students will
benefit from modern buildings that are energy efficient and sustainable in the long-term thanks to this project.”

“This purchase agreement represents the first of many major milestones in the development of what will be Brockville’s largest recreational facility,” concluded Councilor Jason Baker. “While we have a long way
to go, we are one step closer to seeing all residents of our region enjoying a new recreational facility worthy of the City of the 1000 Islands.”

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