Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools is awaiting approval from the B.C. Ministry of Education for a project that would see the old career resources centre building on Selby Street demolished. (Chris Bush/Nanaimo News Bulletin)

Nanaimo school district planning to demolish building on Selby Street

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools estimates tearing down building will cost $900,000

Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district estimates demolition of the old career resource centre and library services building, near Nanaimo’s downtown core, could cost close to $1 million.

While the B.C. Ministry of Education has not yet given funding or approval, Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools is currently planning to tear down the decrepit school district building on the 400 block of Selby Street, with a total projected budget of $900,000.

In an e-mail, the district said the building isn’t currently being used and according to its planning and operations department, in a dilapidated state and not suitable for use. There are hazardous materials in the building such as asbestos and lead paint, and decay due to age. A breakdown of costs, in a staff report, projects $800,000 for the construction budget, $70,000 for consulting and $30,000 for items such as reports, designs, permitting and project management fees.

When asked about the fate of the site and whether it can be put up for sale should the ministry give project approval, the school district said there has been no decision about the property.

The ministry had requested a draft business case from the district by last Friday, which consisted of additional information and an updated schedule and budget.

According to the report, Herold Engineering assisted the district in developing the draft business case, while North West Environmental Group would serve as a hazardous material consultant through demolition.

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