By Gord Bowes, News staff
The City of Hamilton has purchased part of a recently closed Catholic elementary school on the west Mountain.
Acquiring one acre of land on the St. Catherine of Sienna property will ensure recreational programming is maintained at Gilkson Park, said Coun. Terry Whitehead (Ward 8, west Mountain).
The city will also have an agreement with Catholic Family Services and Rygiel Supports for Community Living to use the parking lot, he said.
The two agencies purchased the rest of the property, including the building. Whitehead said the deal hinged on the city buying a portion of the property.
“If we had lost the parking, it would have impacted a lot of programming (at Gilkson),” he said.
Whitehead said the roughly $150,000 to buy the one acre for the city is coming out of the area-rating money for Ward 8. That money is apportioned to areas of the city which pay higher taxes because they receive more services.
The Catholic school board declared the St. Catherine of Sienna property in August, 2011. The school, located at 20 Gemini Dr., closed in the winter of 2012 when Annunciation of Our Lord opening on Limeridge Road West, taking in Sienna and St. Jerome students.