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A site plan for a new Catholic elementary school and day care center in south Chatham will be presented to city council on Monday.

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The property is located on the south side of a recent extension of Tweedsmuir Avenue West, west of Keil Drive South. The targeted lands of 3.24 hectares are currently vacant.

St. Clair Catholic District School Board is proposing the construction of a 3,129 square meter facility while +VG The Ventin Group Architects Ltd. participate in the design of the project.

In the plan, the new two-story school would have an adjoining single-story daycare center.

The Ontario Ministry of Education approved $26.6 million in 2017 for the local Catholic school board to merge Chatham’s six elementary schools into two new schools to deal with declining enrollment.

The school board already owned land on McNaughton Avenue West where the $16 million St. Angela Merici Catholic Elementary School was built and is now open.

In December 2020, council approved the proposed Plan of Subdivision Application, Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment for future institutional uses.

‘The proposed primary school and day care center is within the urban limits of Chatham and is adjacent to the existing built-up residential areas, which it will serve,’ says a planning report.

“The development is an efficient use of vacant, appropriately designated land that has access to all municipal services and is in an area that includes existing and planned transit facilities and other public services.”