Former Park­side school prop­erty as­sessed for ceme­tery after Aug. 21

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

The former Park­side Sec­ondary School prop­erty is ex­pected to be turned over to the city’s parks depart­ment on Aug. 21, for staff to be­gin as­sess­ing how much of the cleared site will be used for a ceme­tery.

Con­trac­tor Bud­get En­vi­ron­men­tal has com­pleted de­mo­li­tion and re­moval of the build­ing, fin­ished grad­ing and plac­ing top­soil, re­moved fenc­ing and in­stalled sod.

“(The) con­trac­tor is to main­tain sod for eight weeks after completion of in­stal­la­tion (is) con­firmed,” said the city’s di­rec­tor of en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices Craig Mur­doch. “We will not start plan­ning the ceme­tery un­til the site has been handed over.”

Once plan­ning of the ceme­tery is done, the city can de­ter­mine how much of the prop­erty will not be needed for the ceme­tery use, how much can be used for res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment and how much can be added to the park.

The fi­nan­cial plan for the project in­cludes es­ti­mated pro­ceeds of $2.5 mil­lion from fu­ture de­vel­op­ment of unused por­tions of the Park­side prop­erty.

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