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County wants to acquire Catholic school board buildings

Wellington Catholic District School Board wants to 'consolidate' its administration buildings, which are currently spread over three separate buildings on Woolwich Street
These three buildings on Woolwich Street in Guelph are owned by Wellington Catholic District School Board. The board said it's interested in consolidating its property holdings at these addresses and the County of Wellington has expressed interest.

GUELPH – The County of Wellington is looking at acquiring a trio of Guelph buildings from the Wellington Catholic District School Board (WCDSB). 

At a Thursday council meeting, Wellington County council approved a bylaw to authorize the purchase of 59, 69 and 75 Woolwich St. in Guelph. These buildings are owned by the WCDSB and are beside the River Run Centre, across from the County of Wellington administration building. 

County CAO Scott Wilson confirmed the move is for “expansion” when asked about the move following Thursday's council meeting, but said he was unable to speak too much on the matter at this point.

In response to a series of questions over email regarding why WCDSB is selling the property, if they are listed for sale and what would be done if they were sold, WCDSB spokesperson Alison Wilson provided the following statement: 

“The Wellington Catholic District School Board is considering consolidating its Board office property holdings at 59, 69 and 75 Woolwich Street. The Wellington Catholic DSB circulated the Board office properties in compliance with Regulation 444/98 and the County of Wellington has expressed an interest in them, however all plans are pending Ministry approval.”

When asked for further clarification on whether the board would be consolidating its offices at a new or different location and if the buildings are for sale, Wilson said the wording given is all that can be provided at this time. 

Both 59 and 69 Woolwich St. are on Guelph's municipal register of cultural heritage properties but are not designated for protection under the Ontario Heritage Act.

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