Laurentian has said it requires about 20 acres of land for a 162,000 square foot facility, with a private student residence and 500 on site parking spots for students, 140 faculty and staff.
Development plans there could mean some controversial changes, however.
Carla Ladd, Barrie chief administrative officer, has said too often elementary and high schools in downtown areas of Ontario cities close only to see a resurgence in population there. Then students have to be bused elsewhere.
is an important step forward towards keeping a high school in our downtown core and accomplishing the board goal of finding partners by fall 2014, Lehman said.
point of the rezoning is to create the flexibility to allow these ideas to occur. And I believe it sends a signal to the potential partners that we are serious. Remember there were 16 that responded to the RFEI. has said it would not be a new model of education, but rather education delivered differently; private sector involvement would be crucial to mirror the needs of the economy.
Central site set for rezoning
am very excited about the potential for this site, the city partnership with the school board, the opportunity to rebuild Barrie Central and to see a university campus in our city centre, Strachan said.
The rezoning would allow this to happen.
The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has been silent on this matter, and the ministry process has not been announced. If the ministry approves Barrie as a university site this year, the campus could be expected to open three years later. The city has made the rezoning application on behalf of the land owners the city itself and the school board.
rezoning will allow any number of different partnerships to support the rebuild of Barrie Central regardless of the status of the post secondary piece, Mayor Jeff Lehman said. flexible zoning is needed to allow potential public private partnerships to deliver the vision. rezoning is part of the process to achieve the centre for excellence in education, said Coun. Lynn Strachan, who represents the downtown. look forward to the public meeting and hearing comments from residents. city and Simcoe County District School Board have a shared goal of a new secondary school on the Central site, and are seeking private sector partners. The request for the expressions of interest (RFEI) process to rebuild Central ran from Nov. 1 until Dec. 3.
Ontario Liberal government promised to build three new university undergraduate campuses; a Canadian Press story identified Barrie, Milton and Brampton as sites to be picked, although the province has not confirmed them.
downtown campus is included in Laurentian 2012 17 strategic plan; Mens Nike Air Vapormax Flyknit Running Shoes the $60 million campus would have 3,000 students, or 2,500 full time equivalents. Laurentian has pledged $14 million, as has city council, if there provincial Nike Air Uptempo Black Volt
It could include a range of services to support the university campus, such as a library, housing, recreation facility, food services, childcare and parking.
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future of Red Storey Field would depend on the final partnership proposals, Lehman said of the field named after one of Barrie greatest athletes. a satellite university campus may want a playing field and one interesting idea would be putting underground parking under the field. Or, sports facilities could be nearby for both the high school and other users.
Prince of Wales School, right near Central, has already been shuttered and Central was on the school board chopping block until the centre for excellence in education idea emerged. A Nike Air Max Uptempo Zoom
These properties are currently designated city centre within Barrie Official Plan and zoned central area commercial (C1 1), transition centre commercial (C2, C2 1) and education institution (I E). The application is to rezone the land to central area commercial, C1 2 (SP).
the development of a university campus, with student residences. Laurentian University wants to build a campus in the city downtown, and Barrie council is onside although this still requires provincial approval.
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