Connaught School set for demolition after Regina council decision

The Connaught School building in Regina will not be given a heritage designation from the city — meaning it won't be safe from the wrecking ball.

Council rejects bid to give century-old building heritage status

The Connaught School building in Regina will not be given a heritage designation from the city — meaning it won't be safe from the wrecking ball.

That decision came after an intense debate at Monday's city council meeting.

More than a dozen people addressed council in favour of giving the century-old building at 2124 Elphinstone St. protected status as a heritage property.

However, most of the members of council who spoke on the proposal, including Mayor Michael Fougere, said they were against heritage designation.

The foundation of the school is crumbling, there's asbestos and an engineering report says it's not structurally sound.

Coun. Wade Murray compared it to an old car that you replace when it becomes unsafe. 

One councillor, Shawn Fraser, called for a heritage inspection on the building, but he couldn't get a seconder and his motion died.

After more debate, council voted against heritage status.

It was a disappointment to Bill Brennan, the president of Heritage Regina, who said Connaught was the oldest school still being used for its original purpose.

It's an important part of the culture and history of the Cathedral neighbourhood, he said.

"I guess Heritage Regina needs to make the case to the community that there are other buildings that ought to be designated and be protected so what happened to Connaught School doesn't happen again," he said.

The Regina public school board chair Katherine Gagne said she hopes Cathedral will have a new school on the same site by 2017.

Connaught is closing at the end of the current school year. Students and staff will move to Wascana School at at 4210 4th Ave. until a new one is built.

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