City gets preview of new school

West side of the St. Mary’s Elementary school, along Merivale Street.  - Artist renderings
West side of the St. Mary’s Elementary school, along Merivale Street.
— image credit: Artist renderings

Two wings joined by a main entrance off Merivale Street have been proposed for the new elementary school to be built on the St. Mary’s Hospital site south of Royal Avenue.

The school concept proposed by Yellowridge Design Build, chosen to be the project’s contractors pending a contract to be worked out with the New Westminster school district, were revealed to city council Monday.

The school will have 23 classrooms, a library, computer lab, two resource rooms, music/multipurpose room, gym, daycare and a neighbourhood learning centre for the community. Plans also call for 1,400 square metres of fields, an orchard with stormwater collection, a separated bike path adjacent to Royal and the option to install urban agriculture plots as a future enhancement.

There are 40 parking spaces proposed for a lot adjacent to Royal with enough room for drop off/pickup of up to 20 vehicles along Merivale and Agnes streets.

A staff report said the city is working with the district to address issues raised during a review by the city’s design panel when it met Nov. 27 and by staff. The development permit application is expected to be brought before council in early January.

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