Major renovations for one of Ottawa’s oldest schools

Parking shortage and funding shortfall are still concerns for expansion of Mutchmor Public School

$7.5 million worth of renovations and additions approved for Mutchmor Public School

One of Ottawa’s oldest schools will undergo major renovations after a vote by the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board.

The board approved $7.5 million worth of renovations and additions to Mutchmor Public School in the Glebe.

The project will add 12 classrooms and an atrium to the heritage building, which has been facing overcrowding in the past few years.

The provincial government is covering $4.6 million of the construction costs, but the board’s superintendent of facilities said that’s $400,000 short of what they requested.

Clarke said the province didn’t factor in additional costs of working on a heritage building.

Staff parking a concern with addition

Having enough space for parking after the renovations are complete is a concern that has been raised by trustees and the community at the school board meeting.

Staff said there will be 14 on-site parking spaces for 44 staff members once the work is complete, the minimum number allowed under city bylaws.

Sharon Chartier of the Glebe Community Association said she doesn’t want the school’s field to be paved for parking because it would take the space away from the community.

The decision on parking doesn’t have to be made right away because it doesn’t affect the timeline of building the addition.

There are plans to build a parking garage in a nearby parking lot, which city staff said would likely be used by Mutchmor staff.