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Catholic board sells off surplus property

By Doug Hallett
Guelph Tribune
A commercial property on Edinburgh Road that has been owned by the local Catholic school board since the early 1990s is up for sale for $3.1 million.
“We really don’t have a long-term use for that building and that property,” says Dan Duszczyszyn, a retired superintendent and treasurer of the board who’s acting as planning consultant for the sale.
The school board decided several months ago to sell the 32,000-sq.ft. commercial building and almost four acres of land on which it sits, he said. But to comply with provincial rules, the property had to be offered first to a variety of boards and agencies. None were interested, so the “For Sale” sign went up late last month.
The Wellington Catholic District School Board has been storing its maintenance equipment in a warehouse on the site, and maintenance staff and summer grounds staff have been using the property as their base.
“But the vast majority of the building is vacant,” Duszczyszyn said in an interview Thursday.
The property, which is zoned commercial, was leased for many years to garden centres – first White Rose, then Meadowville. But it has had no tenant for a few years.
The board originally bought the property, which was bigger at the time, to deal with a space shortage at adjacent Our Lady of Lourdes high school, Duszczyszyn said. “At that time, the campus was quite constricted.”
The board was able to sever about 21/2 to three acres of the property to add to the Lourdes campus, and there are now sports amenities including a running track on this extra land, he said.
Previously, he said, Lourdes students had to travel to Exhibition Park to find room for some sports activities.
The board hasn’t decided where it might move its maintenance equipment and staff when the property sells, he said.

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