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Winnipeg School Board Begins Formal Process to Sell SJF land

July 16, 2012

June 2012, The School Division has sent a letter out to area residents indicating that they are proceeding with the sale of the school board lands located off Grosvenor St. previously the Sir John Franklin School site.

The School Divison letter:

"Sir John Franklin School was closed in June, 1989 and the building demolished in 1992. On November 5, 2007 the Board of Trustees established a Property Review Committee in accordance with the Division Properties Review Procedure. The Committee included parent/community representatives, senior administration and two principals from the area.

Public meetings were held on April 28, 2008, June 17, 2008 and November 12, 2009.

At a meeting held April 12, 2010 the Board of Trustees approved the disposal of the Sir John Franklin property subject to the Public Schools Finance Board (PSFB) approval, with priority being given to proposals for purchase as follows:

· To the City of Winnipeg to maintain as green space in keeping with the community character, for multi-use recreational purposes.

· To a community use recreational facility with public green space in keeping with the community character.

· To single-family detached dwellings (caveat to include the maintenance of some public greenspace in keeping with community character).

· To a community use facility such as a day care or senior centre/housing (caveat to include adequate parking and the maintenance of some public green space in keeping with community character).

On April 14, 2011 the Division received approval from the Public Schools Finance Board to proceed with the disposal of the property.

The City of Winnipeg has indicated that they would be interested in purchasing the property, however for a nominal value. The Public Schools Finance Board has indicated that the Division should not sell the property for a nominal value.

Manitoba Hydro expressed an interest in purchasing a portion of the property. At a meeting held March 5, 2012 the Board of Trustees declined the Manitoba Hydro offer to purchase a portion of the Sir John Franklin property and provided direction to continue with the property disposal process.

The Disposition Guidelines require the school board to advertise the availability of the property.

In the advertising process, the school board must advertise (once per month for the first four months), in newspapers having a general circulation in the Province and newspapers serving the local community supplemented by posters in various public buildings including municipal offices in the community.

Following the four month advertising process and a further two months to allow for belated submissions, the school board shall select the successful proposal subject to approval of the Public Schools Finance Board."

For more information contact:

R.N. Chartrand, Superintendent of Schools – South

Chair, Sir John Franklin Property Review Committee

Telephone: 775-0231