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New Westminster elementary school land deal goes to public hearing

Residents with views on a proposed land swap at the old St. Mary's Hospital site will have a chance to speak before New Westminster city council at a public hearing April 18.

This week council approved third reading of the land exchange deal, bringing the ongoing school capital projects one step closer to completion.

Under the proposal, the city would transfer a 1,671-square-metre parcel of land along Royal Avenue to the school district, which would be consolidated with the district's adjoining property to allow for construction of a new elementary school.

In exchange, the school district would transfer a similar-sized piece of land between Agnes and Cunningham streets to the city to make way for a new park.

This deal is one of several criteria that the provincial Ministry of Education requires to be met before the capital project can proceed.

In coming years the plan is to replace New Westminster Secondary School and Massey Theatre, build a new middle school at the site of today's John Robson Elementary, and build a new elementary school on Royal Avenue at the former home of St. Mary's Hospital.

The public hearing is set for 6 p.m. on Monday, April 18 at City Hall, 511 Royal Ave.

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