By Ryan McGreal
Published November 28, 2012
The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) plans to demolish Sanford School to make room for an expanded Pinky Lewis Recreation Centre. However, in response to public outcry about the planned demolition of an architecturally significant building, Cathy Wever Hub is holding a public meeting to look at alternatives to demolition.
If the neighbourhood meeting asks for a delay in demolition, HWDSB chair Tim Simmons will bring that back to the School Board to reconsider their prior vote to demolish the school.
According to Wilson, Cathy Wever Hub head Alex Moroz is open to ideas:
"If everybody says, 'Let's give some time to these developers and see if we can meet all the objectives,' then that absolutely makes sense," he says. "We didn't know there could be other options."
As it is, the proposal to expand Pinky Lewis Centre is only at the feasibility stage anyway and plans for the $12-15 million expansion have neither been finalized nor funded, so it's premature to knock down the 1932 building that stands in the way of the current proposal.
After its recent history of policy fiascos, HWDSB would be well advised to hit pause on the demolition button and actually allow a real open, public exercise to present and consider viable alternatives instead of hiding behind process and slamming the door shut on compromise yet again.