A purposed agreement would see the City transfer two vacant city lots and two road closures, and BC Housing transfer one lot to the School District. The District would then consolidate the land into a parcel and lease it to the CRHC for 60 years. (Submitted by the Greater Victoria School District)

School district seeks input on potential land disposition near Victoria High

Open house covers school’s seismic project, proposal to exchange and lease unused land at the school

An open house will be held Tuesday evening by the Greater Victoria School District, inviting the public to share their thoughts about a possible disposition of property in order to support the seismic upgrading and enhancement of Victoria High School.

The open house will address the school’s seismic project and a proposal to exchange and lease unused excess land at the school to help cover the costs of upgrading the building, along with retaining heritage values.

Currently Victoria High has an H-1 seismic ranking, the highest level of priority. Early in 2018, the District went through an extensive consultation process with the community on potential options for the future of the school. Upon hearing from the community, the Board of Education decided to move forward with a ‘Seismic Plus Enhancements (1000) Plus NLC’ option and submitted its application to the Ministry of Education.

RELATED: Completion date for seismic upgrades to Vic High pushed to 2022

Estimated to cost $79.7 million, this seismic option includes upgrading the 1915 building to meet current seismic safety standards while retaining the exterior of the current building, along with building a two-storey addition on the east side of the school for increasing enrolment and a community Neighbourhood Learning Centre (NLC). The budget will also cover the costs to renovate S.J. Willis School to provide temporary accommodations for Victoria High students and other school populations displaced by future seismic upgrade projects.

RELATED: Province announces $80 million upgrades to Vic High

In June the Ministry of Education announced it would contribute $77.1 million to seismically upgrade the school, increase capacity by 200 seats, include a Neighbourhood Learning Centre and preserve heritage elements. Now the Greater Victoria School District needs to contribute an additional $2.6 million for the completion of the project.

To fund the additional capital for the project, a land agreement between the City of Victoria, Capital Regional Housing Corporation (CRHC) and BC Housing is being considered. The agreement would see the City transfer two vacant city lots and two road closures, and BC Housing transfer one lot to the School District. The District would then consolidate the land into a parcel and lease it to the CRHC for 60 years.

In June, the District hosted an initial open house to receive preliminary input on a land exchange with the City of Victoria and BC Housing, and a lease with CRHC. It is now seeking additional and final input related to the potential land exchange and lease before making a final decision.

The open house will be held in the Roper Gymnasium from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday evening.

For more information on the project visit sd61.bc.ca/news-events/community/vic-high-planning-for-the-future/.



kendra.crighton@blackpress.ca

Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Bacteria levels lead to swimming advisory at Saanich park

Craigflower-Kosapsum Park among regional beaches with swim advisories

Victoria’s Raging Grannies to demonstrate against public funding of for-profit senior homes

Group says COVID-19 has revealed ‘sad state of extended care’ in B.C.

Plans for pot shop in Sidney spark back to life

Changing provincial regulations could clear the way for Sidney’s first ever pot shop

New ECG will diagnose life-threatening emergencies in ‘timely manner’ in Sooke

Machine funded by the Sooke and Juan de Fuca Health Foundation

Woman who talked to unconscious husband, a Victoria police officer, for 30 years focus of study

Ian Jordan suffered a head injury when he and another officer were on their way to a call in Victoria in September 1987

VIDEO: Dashcam footage shows Victoria police-involved crash

Video shows VicPD officer strike another vehicle at intersection

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of July 7

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Would you get a vaccine for COVID-19 when it is available?

With the number of positive COVID-19 tests skyrocketing across much of the… Continue reading

Time to protect B.C.’s unique glass sponge reefs, conservation group says

Climate change is a “serious and immediate threat” to the 9,000-year old sponges: study

Time to protect B.C.’s unique glass sponge reefs, conservation group says

Climate change is a “serious and immediate threat” to the 9,000-year old sponges: study

Canadian policing organization calls for decriminalization of simple illicit drug possession

Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police want policing focus of opioid crisis to be replaced with a health one

Indigenous leader Ed John pleads not guilty to historical sex charges

Ed John’s lawyer entered the plea by telephone on behalf of his client

RCMP investigate threat against Indigenous totem poles on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast

Police describe the nature of the threat as ‘sensitive’

Ex-Okanagan Mountie forfeits 20 days’ pay after sexual misconduct review

A former Vernon RCMP constable made sexual comments, grabbed genitals of male officer in two incidents 10 years ago

Most Read