Demolition is expected to begin soon on the old Nelson school board office.

Demolition is expected to begin soon on the old Nelson school board office.

Anderson Street project moving forward

The former school board office on the 300 block of Anderson Street could come down as early as two weeks from now.

  • Feb. 24, 2011 11:00 a.m.

The former school board office on the 300 block of Anderson Street could come down as early as two weeks from now.

City manager Kevin Cormack says he’s heard “informally” from contractors that they’re ready to begin demolition of the building, to make way for a housing project for seniors with mental health issues.

The long-delayed project got the go ahead in early January when the provincial government announced more than $3.8 million in capitol funding.

City planner Dave Wahn says a demolition permit isn’t on file yet, but he has received a development permit application for the new building to be put on the site.

“The development permit is to make sure it meets the form and character of our design guidelines, and to make sure it’s got the right number of parking stalls and all that sort of thing,” Wahn says. Once that process is completed, a building permit will also have to be issued.

Construction on the 33-unit, three storey complex is expected to begin this spring, and will likely take a year to complete.

The facility is set to open in early 2012.