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Town of Clarenville considering demolishing old primary school

The old primary school building in Clarenville.
The old primary school building in Clarenville. - Jonathan Parsons

Council looking at options to get rid of the property




The Town of Clarenville is looking to take action about an old building in the community they see as an eyesore.

Chief administrative officer David Harris and Mayor Frazer Russell said at Tuesday, Aug. 28 council meeting that they’ve been in contact with the provincial government regarding the closed primary school on Pleasant Street.

“We recently sent a letter to our MHA requesting that he discuss the condition of the building with the department of education and the minister of education to auction off that property, to remove that property, anything they have to do to get rid of the property,” said Harris at the meeting.

He adds that the building is in a “desperate state of repair,” with graffiti, walls punched in, and is a fire hazard waiting to happen, in his opinion.

Since it’s in a residential area, Harris even suggested asking council to consider a demolition order for the structure.

Harris says MHA Colin Holloway would be sitting down with the department to figure out what they can do next regarding the building.

Mayor Russell added since the building is in a dilapidated condition, he can’t see it going on much longer.

“Regardless of the what to do with the land issue, we want that building removed … We can’t go on with that building in the condition it’s in,” said Russell at the meeting.

“It’s far too long now and action needs to be taken.”

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