Mel, I agree 100 per cent with your editorial for the reasons you have stated, including many more.
The recent Downtown Planning Advisory Committee (DTAC) also identified the need for a future public elementary school in the downtown core. There were five expert planners involved from Vancouver, that suggested if we want higher density and attract young families to live downtown, we will need to have a new elementary school in the downtown core.
A possible new school site was identified near 7th ave./Nicola & Battle, but a brief research shows it could cost taxpayers $20-30 million to build a new elementary school downtown. With the Stuart Wood site, we have been told it would cost maximum $5 million to upgrade Stuart Wood to a safer and more functional elementary public school.
If people feel strongly about restoring Stuart Wood as a school, it will require a focused effort from residents and businesses to lobby our Provincial Government, School District 73, along with both Tk’emlups te Secwépemc Council and City Council.
When successful, we could save Province and resident taxpayers some money, restore an outstanding heritage site and help create a more balanced and vibrant Downtown community by attracting more young families to move Downtown.
Coun. DENIS WALSH