Not yet selling vacant building near FACE school: CSDM
Montreal's French school board said it has no immediate plans to sell part of the Fine Arts Core Education (FACE) school's property to Mcgill University.
Parents on the school's governing board were told last week the sale of a nearby vacant building was imminent — but at a meeting Wednesday night the school board said there is no offer on the table.
"McGill University hasn't made any offer," and all options for the land are on the table, said board chair Diane De Courcy to parents who attended the meeting.
The Commission scolaire de Montréal's response is encouraging but confusing, said Andrew Noble, president of the school's governing board. "It's a bit of a contradiction, because we were told the sale was imminent, and there's nothing we could do," he said Wednesday night.
Some parents with children at the arts school told CBC News last week they were concerned about reports that McGill and the French school board have been negotiating the building's sale for a year behind closed doors.
Many parents want to see the vacant building converted to greenspace — the main FACE building is surrounded by concrete and students only have a cement courtyard to play in.
De Courcy has said the board will keep the governing board in the loop about the vacant building's future.