Hamilton public board sells former Mohawk Trail School site to developer

News May 21, 2015 by Richard Leitner Hamilton Mountain News

The Mohawk Trail School’s connection to the west Mountain is set to fade further into history with the sale of its original location to a private developer.

Tuscany Hills Homes Hamilton paid $251,000 for the property, located at the corner of Mohawk Road West and West 15th Street, in a deal closed last month.

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board chair Todd White said the money will go toward renovating the one-room schoolhouse, moved to the rear of the new Education Centre near Limeridge Mall last June.

The board has budgeted up to $1 million for the project and the property’s sale price “was roughly the ball park of what we had expected,” he said.

The move itself cost $525,000, about $175,000 less than expected. Renovations will include repairs to the roof, restoration of the cupola and some brickwork.

“We’ve heard rave reviews about the move and the school in its new location,” White said.

“The symbol of it behind our new Ed Centre is quite spectacular, and once it’s up and operating we will use it as a museum and school house where we can tour students from across our board.”

Built in 1882, the schoolhouse was donated to the former Hamilton board by the elementary teachers union in 1967 as part of Canada’s Centennial celebrations.

While most trustees backed its relocation, Wes Hicks, who has represented the west Mountain for three decades, opposed the move as “the worst use of money in all my time on the board,” arguing the school’s original site was central to its history.

Hamilton public board sells former Mohawk Trail School site to developer

News May 21, 2015 by Richard Leitner Hamilton Mountain News

The Mohawk Trail School’s connection to the west Mountain is set to fade further into history with the sale of its original location to a private developer.

Tuscany Hills Homes Hamilton paid $251,000 for the property, located at the corner of Mohawk Road West and West 15th Street, in a deal closed last month.

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board chair Todd White said the money will go toward renovating the one-room schoolhouse, moved to the rear of the new Education Centre near Limeridge Mall last June.

The board has budgeted up to $1 million for the project and the property’s sale price “was roughly the ball park of what we had expected,” he said.

“We’ve heard rave reviews about the move and the school in its new location.”

The move itself cost $525,000, about $175,000 less than expected. Renovations will include repairs to the roof, restoration of the cupola and some brickwork.

“We’ve heard rave reviews about the move and the school in its new location,” White said.

“The symbol of it behind our new Ed Centre is quite spectacular, and once it’s up and operating we will use it as a museum and school house where we can tour students from across our board.”

Built in 1882, the schoolhouse was donated to the former Hamilton board by the elementary teachers union in 1967 as part of Canada’s Centennial celebrations.

While most trustees backed its relocation, Wes Hicks, who has represented the west Mountain for three decades, opposed the move as “the worst use of money in all my time on the board,” arguing the school’s original site was central to its history.

Hamilton public board sells former Mohawk Trail School site to developer

News May 21, 2015 by Richard Leitner Hamilton Mountain News

The Mohawk Trail School’s connection to the west Mountain is set to fade further into history with the sale of its original location to a private developer.

Tuscany Hills Homes Hamilton paid $251,000 for the property, located at the corner of Mohawk Road West and West 15th Street, in a deal closed last month.

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board chair Todd White said the money will go toward renovating the one-room schoolhouse, moved to the rear of the new Education Centre near Limeridge Mall last June.

The board has budgeted up to $1 million for the project and the property’s sale price “was roughly the ball park of what we had expected,” he said.

“We’ve heard rave reviews about the move and the school in its new location.”

The move itself cost $525,000, about $175,000 less than expected. Renovations will include repairs to the roof, restoration of the cupola and some brickwork.

“We’ve heard rave reviews about the move and the school in its new location,” White said.

“The symbol of it behind our new Ed Centre is quite spectacular, and once it’s up and operating we will use it as a museum and school house where we can tour students from across our board.”

Built in 1882, the schoolhouse was donated to the former Hamilton board by the elementary teachers union in 1967 as part of Canada’s Centennial celebrations.

While most trustees backed its relocation, Wes Hicks, who has represented the west Mountain for three decades, opposed the move as “the worst use of money in all my time on the board,” arguing the school’s original site was central to its history.