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Possible buyer for Donevan site

School board says interested purchaser has come forward for former school

The Durham District School Board says an interested party has come forward to purchase the Dr. F.J. Donevan Collegiate Institute site. The former high school closed its doors in 2010. (Photo by Joel Wittnebel)

The Durham District School Board says an interested party has come forward to purchase the Dr. F.J. Donevan Collegiate Institute site. The former high school closed its doors in 2010. (Photo by Joel Wittnebel)

By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

The Durham District School Board (DDSB) may have a potential buyer for the site of the former Dr. F.J. Donevan Collegiate Institute.

The 13.5-acre plot at Harmony Road South and Olive Avenue was declared surplus by the DDSB and the process to dispose of the property was initiated in February. Donevan closed its doors in 2010, with students being redirected to Eastdale CVI.

Now, Charles Senior, a spokesperson for the DDSB, tells The Oshawa Express that an interested buyer has come forward.

“If all goes through then there is going to be a sale for the site,” he says.

As per provincial regulations around how a school board can get rid of extra land, public institutions (such as regional and municipal governments, the province, universities, colleges and other school boards) have 90 days to come forward to purchase it. If after those 90 days none of those bodies come forward, the property can be put on to the open market.

Previously, it was confirmed that the Durham Catholic District School Board and Durham College had no interest in the site. Most recently, the city has said it will take a pass on the property as well.

Senior would not comment further on who the interested party is as there are still several weeks remaining for others to come forward before the 90-day period expires on May 24.

“Our people are still listening to see what offers are out there and we’ll take it from there,” he says.

Any interested buyer should be sure to make a deal prior to seeing the property hit the open market. The prime location near Highway 401 has already drawn great interest from private developers.

“They’ve all got wind that it’s going through the pecking order, so to speak, so there’s a lot of interest,” Paul Ralph, the city’s commissioner of development services, previously told The Oshawa Express.

According to Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) records, the Donevan site has an assessed value of $5.25 million.

Currently, the site is only used by Durham and provinicial police for training purposes.

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