For­mer Davis El­e­men­tary on the mar­ket

The Compass - - OPINION - Melissa Jenk­ins melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

The New­found­land and Labrador English School Dis­trict (NLESD) has con­firmed a pub­lic ten­der process has been open on the for­mer Davis El­e­men­tary in Car­bon­ear.

After its clo­sure in 2013 to ac­com­mo­date re­con­fig­u­ra­tion of the school sys­tem and the open­ing of Car­bon­ear Academy, the two-storey struc­ture re­mained va­cant.

For over a year, lo­cals have won­dered what was in the cards for this school.

When neigh­bour­ing Har­bour Grace also lost its el­e­men­tary school build­ing at the same time, it be­came the new home of the SPLASH cen­tre. The for­mer SPLASH cen­tre build­ing/St. Paul’s School is be­ing con­verted into an adult ad­dic­tions cen­tre.

This is the first an­nounce­ment re­gard­ing Davis since its clo­sure.

A spokesper­son for the NLESD told The Com­pass in an email the school was built on prop­erty that was once owned by the United Church of Canada.

“The New­found­land and Labrador English School Dis­trict is bound by the Doc­u­ment of In­te­gra­tion to in­volve with for­mer own­ers in the dis­posal process. Ne­go­ti­a­tions were opened with the church in or­der to de­ter­mine how to pro­ceed with the prop­erty,” the email said.

The spokesper­son also con­firmed the school dis­trict doesn’t have use for the prop­erty and, “has no rea­son to re-pur­pose for its own use.”

No in­for­ma­tion could be ob­tained on who, what or­ga­ni­za­tions or busi­nesses are in­ter­ested in the prop­erty.

Ten­ders will be ac­cepted un­til Oct. 23.

Com­pass file photo

The for­mer Davis El­e­men­tary in Car­bon­ear is up for sale.

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