The Town of Lincoln is hoping to purchase the property where Beamsville District Secondary School sits from the District School Board of Niagara.
Although disposal efforts for the Central Avenue property are not yet underway, discussions between the school board and the town are ongoing.
For its first steps toward a formal agreement, the town will create a letter of intent to purchase the property.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to take ownership of a property that is not only centrally located in Beamsville and within walking distance of many amenities and services, but one that is also rich in history,” said Lincoln's chief administrative officer Mike Kirkopoulos. “The site has great potential and we’re pleased to be the primary partner at the table on this important land purchase that has many potential community benefits.”
Founded in 1888, the school has been a part of the West Niagara community for more than century. It will close ahead of the area's new high school, West Niagara Secondary School, which is planned to open in September 2022.
“Thousands of students have learned in that building, and countless memories were made at the school and friendships were formed. It’s an important piece of the community, and we are pleased that the BDSS building will continue serving West Niagara in the years to come,” DSBN director of education Warren Hoshizaki said.
According to the town, the purchase transaction is conditional upon a declaration of surplus by DSBN once the school is vacated and approval from the Ministry of Education for site disposition, as is standard process. The property will also be offered to the province, separate school boards, the French language board, and the region as well as the town before it goes to market. DSBN trustees must also approve the sale.
More details of the purchase are currently confidential, but next steps from the town are set to include a review of the legal terms by both parties, the development of a town staff team that will begin work on a plan for the site and the development of a citizen engagement strategy for further input on site plans.
Moosa Imran, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grimsby Lincoln News