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No action on ask to save school by council

The Rainbow Community Non-Profit Housing group made a presentation to Espanola council in hopes of delaying the demolition of a local school.

Housing chair Lynne Dee Sproule says the housing situation in Espanola has changed since the Rainbow District School Board passed the motion to demolish AB Ellis Public School in 2014.

She says housing needs have risen but supply has diminished since then, so building 44 new one-and-two-bedroom apartments for lower-income residents and seniors is a viable option.

However, no motion was put on the floor by council and no questions were asked.

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Mayor Jill Beer says council will review the reports and if there is any movement, it could be presented by the next council meeting.

The Ministry of Education has approved the demolition of the school this summer at a cost of $2.7 million dollars.


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