New Westminster school project to break ground this month
The city has given the New Westminster school district a development permit to begin building the new elementary school at the former St. Mary's Hospital site at 200 Royal Avenue.
The groundbreaking for the school that will house 550 students from kindergarten to Grade 5 is expected to be held sometime this month.
The project, which is expected to cost nearly $15 million, is being designed and built by Yellowridge Design Build Ltd of Port Moody.
It is hoped the building will be ready for classes by September 2014. When it is completed, John Robson elementary will be torn down and a new middle school built in its place. It currently has a Ministry of Education-approved budget of $17.6 million for 20 classrooms to hold 500 students.
By the time it opens, the district hopes to be able to begin building a replacement to New Westminster secondary, but that project has yet to get ministry approval with many details still to be worked out.