June 18, 2014
At the Public Board Meeting on June 17, 2014
, John Lewis, Superintendent of Schools, provided a progress update on negotiations with the District of North Vancouver for the acquisition of the Keith Lynn site.
At this same Public Board Meeting on June 17, 2014
, the Board adopted a bylaw that "authorizes the Secretary Treasurer, on behalf of the Board, to enter into an agreement to sell, and complete the sale of, the Keith Lynn site to the Corporation of the District of North Vancouver for a sale price of $5M, subject to such adjustments and on such other terms and conditions as the Secretary Treasurer may consider reasonable and in the best interests of the Board."
Due to its extremely poor condition and in conjunction with the consolidation and relocation of the School District's alternate programs, Keith Lynn Alternate Secondary School was permanently closed in June of 2011. The school has been vacant since closure.
In July of 2012, a request for proposals for the Keith Lynn property generated one qualified proponent who later withdrew their offer during the due diligence phase. The District of North Vancouver subsequently indicated interest in purchasing the site for a highway connector to the Seylynn Town Centre, as part of the highway improvement project being considered by the municipality and the provincial government. In May 2014, the District of North Vancouver presented an offer to purchase the Keith Lynn site.
The potential sale represents another positive outcome for the School District's Land, Learning and Livability initiatives. Revenues from the sale of the Keith Lynn property will be applied directly towards the full replacement costs of Argyle Secondary School, in keeping with the conditions of the agreement the Board of Education has in place with the Ministry of Education for these particular funds.
November 22, 2013
Further Discussions of Options
The School District is continuing to meet with representatives from the District of North Vancouver municipality to discuss the potential disposition of the Keith Lynn site. The District of North Vancouver is currently studying the feasibility of various options for the site.
Examining Options for Potential Disposition
At the Public Board Meeting on October 22, 2013
, John Lewis, Superintendent of Schools, presented the Land, Learning and Livability Community Engagement Update
. The Update includes current information regarding the Keith Lynn site.
The School District is continuing to meet with representatives from the District of North Vancouver to examine various options for the potential disposition of the Keith Lynn site. The District of North Vancouver is interested in acquiring the site to support transportation plans for this area of the Municipality.
July 17, 2013
North Vancouver Board of Education and North Shore Studios conclude negotiations on the redevelopment of Keith Lynn site
Following several months of discussions with North Shore Studios Ltd. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Bosa Development Corporation), the North Vancouver Board of Education and the Studios have mutually agreed to end negotiations without proceeding to an agreement. The parties have been unable to come to terms and conditions that are satisfactory to both sides.
The Board will shift its focus to evaluating other options and possibilities for the site when the School District returns to full service in September.
Formerly the Keith Lynn Elementary School, it was repurposed as Keith Lynn Alternate Secondary School in 1977 and closed in June 2012. More details
March 13, 2013
Update regarding RFP for former Keith Lynn facility and site
The Board of Education has now completed its final review of the proposals for the Keith Lynn facility and site and has identified North Shore Studios Ltd. as the lead proponent for the redevelopment of the Keith Lynn site. The Board will now engage in discussions with North Shore studios Ltd. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Bosa Development Corporation) to develop the terms and conditions of an agreement for the consideration of the Board of Education.
The Board of Education also expresses its sincere appreciation to the Transformation Education Society and the Gulf Islands School District for their interest in the potential re-use of the Keith Lynn site to support the continued operation of the Windsor House Program in North Vancouver. The Board will consult with the Gulf Islands School District to facilitate a short-term extension to their current lease at the Lucas Centre.
As the proposal of the North Shore Studios Ltd. involves the redevelopment of the Keith Lynn site, a public information meeting will be arranged for neighbouring residents. Community input and consultation will also occur through the established Municipal process in the coming months.