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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Former Owen Sound Schools Sold

Owen Sound | by Matt Hermiz  

Old Dufferin Elementary and Bayview Public School properties sold.

Two former public school properties in Owen Sound have been sold.

The Bluewater District School Board has closed transactions to dispose of both the old Dufferin Elementary School and Bayview Public School properties, according to business committee reports.

The old Dufferin Elementary School property on 3rd Avenue West has been purchased by M'Wikwedong Indigenous Friendship Centre for $560,000. The former Bayview Public School property on 6th Street 'A' East was bought by Bill Stobbe for $808,300.

Stobbe tells Bayshore Broadcasting News there are no definite plans for the former Bayview School property yet. He says it could possibly be developed into apartments, but all options with the property are still being explored.

A spokesperson for M'Wikwedong says the former Dufferin School property will become the future home of the Indigenous Friendship Centre.

M'Wikwedong is a cultural resource centre that provides 12 programs to the indigenous community in Grey and Bruce counties.

A statement from the organization says a search for a new location was ongoing for two years as it had outgrown its current one on 8th Avenue East in Owen Sound, requiring a second space for some programs it offered.

A M'Wikwedong spokesperson says the new location planned at the old Dufferin School will allow the organization to bring all of its programs back under one roof and expand its service offerings.

"Prior to relocation, we will be undertaking renovations to convert the building into program and office space including installation of a kitchen with an expected relocation date in early January 2020," says a statement from M'Wikwedong.

Bayview and Dufferin were two of three Owen Sound schools to close permanently in June 2017. Sydenham Community School on 8th Street East was also shuttered.

All three former school properties have now been disposed of by the Bluewater Board. Sydenham School was sold last year to Grey County and is being converted into a Regional Skills Training Centre.
 

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