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Harewood school will be demolished

Nanaimo school district sent out a request for proposals to tear down the former Harewood school. - CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin
Nanaimo school district sent out a request for proposals to tear down the former Harewood school.
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The Nanaimo school district is accepting bids for demolition work at the Harewood Elementary School grounds.

A request for proposals is open until Jan. 19 and according to the tender package, work includes demolition and disposal of the school building foundations and playground equipment and provision of a new sanitary sewage connection from the gym to the property line. The gym will remain intact.

There are no current plans to develop the site, but Steve Rae, school board chairman, said the board is anticipating a study examining the relocation of district administration offices to the site. The study is expected by the end of the school year.

“We need to get rid of that building, it’s full of contaminants, we need to deal with that ... it is certainly not at the top of our priority list, but it is something that, at some point, we need to look at,” said Rae.

The school shuttered in 2004.

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