Nova Scotia

Non-profit wants former school board building

A group in Cole Harbour is trying to turn a former school board building into a community life centre.

A group in Cole Harbour is trying to turn a former school board building into a community life centre.

Connections Cole Harbour is a not-for-profit group hoping to get the Gordon Bell Building — which was used to house administrative offices for the school board — from the municipality.

The building became available in April when it was deemed surplus by the Department of Education.

HRM was looking for proposals from developers and non-profit groups.

The property is valued at $3.7 million.

"The idea of this facility is to offer a lot of programs that are maybe not quite as structured as the normal ones where kids are in organized hockey and different things. We're hoping to pick up some of the people that are falling through the cracks," said Ged Stonehouse for Connections Cole Harbour.

Stonehouse said there's a lot of community groups struggling to find places to meet.

Jason Trepanier, who lives in Cole Harbour, supports the idea of using the building as a community life centre.

"I think to give back to the community and have kids and everybody in the community to benefit from it would be good," said Trepanier.

Connections Cole Harbour is working to have a proposal ready for city review by August 12.

It hopes to be in the building by next spring.

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