Robert Bateman High School

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The City of Burlington is looking for residents’ feedback on a proposed land transaction with the Halton District School Board (HDSB) and leasing arrangements with the HDSB and Brock University for the City’s planned acquisition of the Robert Bateman High School building and property.

The proposed transaction with the HDSB would see the City transfer ownership of approximately five acres of City owned land to the HDSB as a component of a land exchange for the Robert Bateman site. The City owned land in question is located near Central High School and includes the high school football field and running track.

Securing the lands near Central High School in HDSB ownership has been consistent with the HDSB’s long term intention to continue operating Central as a school. This land exchange component will advance the City’s efforts to secure the Robert Bateman site in continued public ownership, ensuring that the Robert Bateman site is available for continued educational and community-oriented uses.

Feedback will also be sought on securing leases with the HDSB and Brock University for portions of the Bateman Site. The HDSB intends on leasing space back at Bateman for educational purposes. Brock University also seeks to lease space at Bateman for their long-term educational needs.

Both leases at Bateman are expected to be long term leases not to exceed 25 years.


The City of Burlington is looking for residents’ feedback on a proposed land transaction with the Halton District School Board (HDSB) and leasing arrangements with the HDSB and Brock University for the City’s planned acquisition of the Robert Bateman High School building and property.

The proposed transaction with the HDSB would see the City transfer ownership of approximately five acres of City owned land to the HDSB as a component of a land exchange for the Robert Bateman site. The City owned land in question is located near Central High School and includes the high school football field and running track.

Securing the lands near Central High School in HDSB ownership has been consistent with the HDSB’s long term intention to continue operating Central as a school. This land exchange component will advance the City’s efforts to secure the Robert Bateman site in continued public ownership, ensuring that the Robert Bateman site is available for continued educational and community-oriented uses.

Feedback will also be sought on securing leases with the HDSB and Brock University for portions of the Bateman Site. The HDSB intends on leasing space back at Bateman for educational purposes. Brock University also seeks to lease space at Bateman for their long-term educational needs.

Both leases at Bateman are expected to be long term leases not to exceed 25 years.


Do you have any questions about the proposed land transaction with the Halton District School Board (HDSB) and leasing arrangements with the HDSB and Brock University?

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    How can a survey that was only up for one day and an information that only lasted 90 minutes be considered as adequate public engagement?

    Jim Thomson asked 8 months ago

    The survey was only one part of the engagement.  The City has been updating residents throughout the process:

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    Why did the city not have a public engagement plan in place from when it decided to pursue the acquisition of the property?

    Jim Thomson asked 8 months ago

    Thank you for the question.   The HDSB needed approval from the Ministry of Education for the intended land exchange before the public notice of intent to exchange land could be released. Once that approval was issued, City staff brought forward the public notice report.  The City does not have policy requirements related to giving notice for intention to purchase land; only for the sale of land. Because this transaction involves the exchange of land and the long term leasing of land, public notice was given.

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    What is the plan for removing the asbestos on the site?

    Jim Thomson asked 8 months ago

    Thank you for the question.  The City and HDSB are both fully aware of presence of asbestos and this has been factored into the due diligence process by the City and is also addressed in the negotiations between the parties relative to the purchase price

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    When will the traffic studies be complete?

    Jim Thomson asked 8 months ago

    Thank you for the question.  Design, traffic and parking analysis will be done as part of the design process which is underway but yet to be concluded.

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    What regulation prevents the release of the cost information? The city offer was accepted by the school board so why the need for secrecy?

    Jim Thomson asked 8 months ago

    If Council approves the purchase, the purchase price/ exchange price becomes public once the transaction closes and the deeds are registered in the Land Registry Office. The closing date is planned for September 30 2022.   No transaction information can be released until the deal is completed. This is standard municipal practice and in accordance with the City and board agreement of purchase and sale.  

     

Page last updated: 08 Dec 2022, 02:42 PM