Ward 7 Hamilton Councillor Donna Skelly is pleased to announce that the City has completed its acquisition of Eastmount Park Elementary School from the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. The $1,025,000.00 sale was made possible by a contribution from the Ward 7 area rating fund.
Future plans for the property will now enter the consultation phase. “Ideally, I’d like to see the building preserved for community use” says Councillor Skelly, “But the goal would be to make it self-sustaining, without relying entirely on taxpayers’ dollars for its operation.”
Councillor Skelly would also like to extend her sincere thanks to Ward 6 Councillor Tom Jackson, who spearheaded the effort to purchase the school prior to her by-election win in March.
Eastmount Park Elementary School was built in the 1960s, and closed in June 2015, because of declining enrollment. The 29,138 square-foot school building sits on just under 0.7 hectares of property fronting onto East 26th street, and is surrounded by Eastmount Park.