The City of Fernie is considering the sale of Max Turyk Community Centre to the Francophone School District.
City officials said this would create a permanent home for École Sophie-Morigeau, which is the current anchor tenant of the building.
“The proposed sale would include the former elementary school facility as well as 8.5 acres of land and the associated outdoor amenities; the sports fields, pickleball courts, playground, play enclosures, and parking lot,” said city officials.
The city has a condition to that sale, as it would subdivide and keep 1.5 acres of land for future construction.
That parcel would be reserved for future affordable housing or childcare opportunities.
If the deal goes through, city officials said residents will still have access to the building and the surrounding property.
“The proposed sale of Max Turyk would provide an opportunity to support the continued success of École Sophie-Morigeau, while still maintaining a piece of land for future development, and community access to the associated indoor and outdoor recreation amenities through a joint-use agreement,” said the City of Fernie. “Existing lease-holders would have the opportunity to continue to operate out of the facility with renewed leases.”
The city would come away with $3.4 million to put into Fernie’s reserves, should the sale go ahead.
Staff said this would help cut down the city’s infrastructure deficit, contribute to savings, and give staff time to improve service delivery in other areas.
Residents can provide feedback through the link below or go to a public information session set for June 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fernie Senior’s Centre.
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