Old KCA to be torn down: Kentville council

Wendy Elliott welliott@kingscountynews.ca
Published on February 11, 2014
KCA Grade 10 class in 1939
A.L. Hardy Photo

 

Kentville town council voted unanimously on Feb. 11 to demolish the remaining buildings on the old KCA site.

CAO Mark Phillips reported to council that since the town took ownership, there had been 22 inquiries about the sale of the structures, but only two individuals wanted to use buildings.

He added that none of the offers were successful. Last spring, the old elementary school was demolished for $130,000 in order to increase salability.

Phillips said the real estate agents, the Bernard Group, have recommended complete demolition.

Several roof leaks and standing pools of water have started lifting the floors, the CAO said, leading to significant deterioration. Vandals have also been destructive.

Phillips told council that further demolitions he believes will lead to a sale and future development. He pegged the cost at $350,000.

He expressed some doubt about the town’s ability to recoup the estimated $500,000 in total demolition costs.

After an in camera discussion, council voted to accept Phillips’ recommendation.

The oldest structure on the School Street site, which was the high school, dates back to 1930. There was a time, according to the late Mabel Nichols, that 600 students, many who came via train from across eastern Kings County, attended the school.

 

The complex was vacated in 2011 when a new KCA school was opened on Park Street in Kentville.