Old Chemainus Elementary site back in North Cowichan hands

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The old Chemainus Elementary School property has officially been turned over to the Municipality of North Cowichan by School District 79.

Official trustee Mike McKay gave third and final reading to a bylaw Wednesday, granting ownership to North Cowichan for $1.

"We have had it subdivided so there is a legal description for it,'' said district secretary-treasurer Bob Harper.

The property had to be subdivided because the current secondary school and the old elementary site were on the same parcel of land.

That paves the way for the municipality to consider a skateboard park, one of the popular choices for use of the site, among others.

North Cowichan Mayor Jon Lefebure previously said he'll ask council for a neighbourhood meeting after acquiring the property.

A school has existed on the site since the 1930s. The property was transferred to the school district in 1960 in trust for educational purposes.

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