Hamilton's public school board is asking the city's committee of adjustment to sever the land at 100 Main St. W. into two pieces.
The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board has applied for a severance on its Education Centre property. If approved, the Main Street West side of the land would be zoned commercial and the King Street West side would be zoned residential/institutional.
The board has sold the land to McMaster University, which will take possession Aug. 1. McMaster plans to open the McMaster Downtown Health Centre in 2014. The existing Education Centre building will be demolished.
The severance was a condition of the land being sold to McMaster, board spokesperson Jackie Penman confirmed to CBC Hamilton. The board has also obtained a demolition permit for the 46-year-old education centre building, which is also a condition of the sale.
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs website states the reasons for requesting a severance of land as being to "sell, mortgage, charge or enter into any agreement (at least 21 years) for a portion" of the property.
McMaster officials could not be reached for comment. Jason Farr, councillor for ward two, could also not be reached for comment.
The city is contributing about $47 million of the total $85-million cost of the project.
The committee of adjustment will discuss the issue at 2:10 p.m. on Thursday, June 14. The meeting will be in rooms 192 and 193 on the first floor of Hamilton city hall.
The board is moving its new headquarters to its Crestwood location at 50 Millwood Pl.