Nanaimo Unique Kids Organization has made inquiry to Nanaimo school district regarding possible leasing of the Woodlands Secondary School site.

Nanaimo Unique Kids Organization has made inquiry to Nanaimo school district regarding possible leasing of the Woodlands Secondary School site.

NUKO interested in relocating to old Woodlands school site

Organization's lease at current Longwood Station location set to expire in 2018.

With a lease set to expire in 2018, Nanaimo Unique Kids Organization is inquiring about relocation to the old Woodlands Secondary School site.

The non-profit provides services to children with neurological disabilities and has been subletting space underneath Thrifty Foods at Longwood Station, but with the deal expiring in February, the organization is looking at the vacant Strathmore Street school.

Barbara Read, organization board chairwoman, said Woodlands has amenities unavailable at its current location.

“There’s a whole bunch of green space around it and there’s a gym. Lots of room, there’s room for expansion, those kinds of things,” said Read.

In a letter to the district, the organization said it would be willing to sign a two-year lease, but Read said a longer-term deal would be preferable.

“We would like something permanent so we don’t have to move again, is what we’d ultimately like,” said Read. “So we’re looking at lots of different options, to be able to purchase, all kinds of things.”

Nanaimo school board has referred the letter to staff and Steve Rae, chairman, said it’s too early to say if district will work out a lease with the organization. There have been other inquiries about the site, said Rae.

“We’ve had a couple of people approach us with that kind of thing. I don’t really have any thoughts on it yet,” said Rae. “It needs to go through its due diligence or its process to see if its a good fit, what are plans are for the building … we need to decide as a board what we’re going to do with that piece of property moving forward first.”

Read said the organization hasn’t ruled out remaining at its current site.

“The going rate for the area is a lot more than we can afford. I mean it’s not off the table. We’re still negotiating and looking at things. We’re looking at everything.”