Barrie moves to secure high school in downtown Barrie

The City of Barrie is lending its support, as well as municipally owned lands, to the effort to develop at new Barrie Central Collegiate on the site of the current one.
The City says it will make lands adjacent to the high school available, at fair market value, to developers who want to respond to the Request for Proposal (RFP) that was issued by the Simcoe County District School Board, Nov. 6. The lands owned by the city total about 6.2 acres.
“City Council is committed to seeing the SCDSB fulfill its mandate to pursue partnerships and to rebuild a secondary school on the current Barrie Central site,” said Mayor Jeff Lehman. “We believe making the City’s lands available will not only increase the development opportunities for the area as a whole, but will also increase the potential success of rebuilding Barrie Central Collegiate on this site.”
The current school, on the southwest corner of Dunlop and Bradford streets, was deemed prohibitive to repair by the school board. In the fall of 2013, the City, in partnership with the SCDSB, issued a joint Request for Expression of Interest (RFEI), for all of the lands. The RFEI received 16 responses that included both development interests as well as services that supported the vision of creating a Centre of Excellence in Education that would include a high school, a post-secondary institution and a business synergy centre, according to a City press release.
“Given that we were prepared to include our lands as part of the previous RFEI with the School Board, it makes sense to make our lands available to potential developers to increase the success of a proposal,” said Lehman. “Our position remains consistent – we want to do whatever possible to ensure a high school in downtown Barrie.”
Any proposal to develop the site would require municipal approval to ensure it generally retains the City’s vision for the Centre of Excellence in Education.

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