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Monteray Site Sold: Proceeds to be directed to the Arygle Secondary School Replacement Project

June 11, 2015

The North Vancouver School District is pleased to announce the sale of its property at 4343 Starlight Way, the site of the former Monteray Elementary school, to Morningstar Homes. The $6.38M sale was completed following approval by the District of North Vancouver, which included a public hearing process and extensive prior community consultation by the School District. Proceeds from the sale of the Monteray site will be directed towards funding the proposed full replacement of Argyle Secondary.

The new residential development planned for Starlight Way will feature 12 single-family lots and two park areas. Preparations for demolition of the current building are now underway. For future updates and project information please visit the website of Morningstar Homes http://www.mstarhomes.com.

“The sale of Monteray represents a significant advancement in our ability to fund the proposed full replacement of Argyle Secondary,” says Cyndi Gerlach, chair of the North Vancouver Board of Education. “We thank Morningstar Homes for their professionalism and public consultation process and we appreciate the work of District Council and staff in supporting our vision for a new, efficient and sustainably designed school for the Argyle community.”

Monteray school was permanently closed in 2004 following an extended period of lowering enrolment due to changes in neighborhood demographics—primarily a decline in the number of school-age children in the area. As well, the 1.17-hectare site is too small to meet current Ministry of Education standards for a school, making rezoning for residential development the highest and best possible use for the site going forward.

 

 

May 26, 2015
 
Morningstar Homes Ltd.'s proposed redevelopment of the former Monteray School site received second and third readings at the District of North Vancouver's Council Meeting on April 27, 2015.  Fourth and final reading of Council is expected in June 2015, enabling the completion of the Purchase and Sales Agreement.  The North Vancouver School District has identified the proceeds of the sale ($6.38M) towards the funding 'gap' for a full-replacement project at Argyle Secondary School. 
 
 
 
 
March 25, 2015
 
Morningstar Homes Ltd. presented their redevelopment proposal to the Council of the District of North Vancouver on March 23, 2015.  A Public Hearing will be scheduled. 
 
 
 
June 18, 2014
 
An update on the Monteray School site was provided by John Lewis, Superintendent of Schools, at the Public Board Meeting on June 17, 2014.
 
Morningstar Development Ltd. is continuing to meet with the District of North Vancouver to address municipal requirements to advance the proposed redevelopment towards a Public Hearing.
 
 
 
 
 
April 23, 2014
 
At the Public Board Meeting on April 22, 2014, Superintendent John Lewis provided an update on the Monteray School site.

Morningstar Development Ltd. reports good progress with their application for the redevelopment of the Monteray site.  The proposed development is continuing with the municipal requirements of the District of North Vancouver.
 
 
 
 
March 12, 2014 

Community Feedback at Public Information Meeting

 
Morningstar Development Ltd., in consultation with the District of North Vancouver Planning Department, arranged a Monteray Site Public Information Meeting at Braemar School on March 7, 2014.  This information meeting was well-attended by neighbours living in close proximity to the Monteray Site. 
 
General themes identified at the meeting included:
    • Support for the redevelopment of the property for single-family residences
    • Interest in reducing the size and number of trees on site to improve the views from adjacent properties, and
    • Strong support for the poject to more forward at the earliest opportunity to improve the neighbourhood.
 


 
January 21, 2014

Morningstar Now in Application Phase with District of North Vancouver

 
At the Public Board Meeting on January 21, 2014, John Lewis, Superintendent of Schools, provided a Land, Learning and Livability Community Engagement Update.  Information about the Monteray School site was included in the update.
 
Morningstar Development Ltd. is now in the application phase with the District of North Vancouver for the redevelopment of the Monteray site.  A number of meetings have been held with the District of North Vancouver Planning Department to address siting, survey, environmental, and engineering requirements.

Morningstar reports good progress in working with the District of North Vancouver to advance this project and that they have also received strong support from community members through informal discussions.
 
 
 
November 27, 2013

North Vancouver Board of Education Approves the Sale of Monteray School Site

 
At its public meeting on November 26, 2013, the North Vancouver Board of Education read and adopted Disposal of Real Property Bylaw No. 2013-2 Monteray School. The School District will now proceed to enter into an agreement to sell, and complete the sale of, the Monteray property to Morningstar Development Ltd., for a sale price of at least $6.38 million.
An experienced specialist in single-family homes, Morningstar is now in a position to move forward with their due diligence process.
Monteray school was officially closed in June of 2004. The building was leased for several years, but has been vacant since March 31, 2011.
Learn more about Land, Learning and Livability by visiting the LLL Blog.
 
 
November 22, 2013
 
Substantial progress has been achieved with the negotiation of a Purchase and Sales Agreement with Morningstar Development Limited for the Monteray site.  At the Public Board Meeting on November 26, 2013, the Board of Education will consider a recommendation to proceed with an agreement for the disposition of Monteray in accordance with the terms and conditions of a Purchase and Sales Agreement.

 
 
October 23, 2013
 

Lead Proponent for Redevelopment

 
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 Monteray facility and site. 

The review of the Requests for Proposal (RFP) for the Monteray site concluded with the identification of Morningstar Homes Limited (a Polygon Associate) as the lead proponent for the redevelopment of the site.  The proposal from Morningstar responds well to the municipal expectations provided by the District of North Vancouver Planning Department.  Morningstar proposes to develop low density, residential housing with innovative design concepts that utilize the existing topography and green spaces. 
 
The Board of Education will now engage in negotiations with Morningstar to achieve a Purchase and Sales Agreement no later that the end of January 2014.
 
 
 
August 2, 2013
 

Request for Proposals

The North Vancouver School District is seeking redevelopment Proposals for the disposition of the former Monteray Elementary School lands located at 4343 Starlight Way, North Vancouver BC [Map Link].  The School District seeks interested parties in developing low-density, residential housing with innovative design concepts that utilize existing topography and green spaces.
As a result of demographic changes such as the aging population and small families that have resulted in declining enrolment, and the School District's direction towards ensuring the efficiency of school facilities, the School District found itself in the position of having 12 surplus properties.
The Board of Education has an important stewardship role respecting these valuable community assets as well as a desire to maximize their revenue potential to support enriched educational opportunities for students within the North Vancouver School District.  Accordingly, the Board requested development of a strategy that demonstrates how diverse interests are balanced while moving forward in a positive direction.  It was at this time that the Surplus School District Land Retention and Disposition Strategy was developed and that the former Monteray Elementary School was identified as being surplus to our educational needs.
Proponents are asked to read and familiarize themselves with the School District's Land, Learning and Livability Community Engagement Blog as it includes valuable information about the Board's objectives in relation to its land management initiative. 
For a complete copy of Request for Proposals, Monteray Elementary School, RFP #130802-4, please see the BC Bid website > Browse BC Bid > Browse opportunities by organization > School District 44 North Vancouver > #130802-4 Monteray Elementary School Site Redevelopment
The closing date for Proposals is September 18, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. Local Time.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Monteray School opened in 1968 as a public school and closed in 2004.  The site sat vacant for more than two years and was then leased to the Ecole Francaise de Internationale Vancouver until March 2011.  A Request for Proposals (RFP) will be issued for residential redevelopment.  More details