Announcement expected soon on development of Holy Angels property

Staff ~ The Cape Breton Post
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SYDNEY — The announcement of who will conduct a comprehensive examination of potential uses and users of former Sydney all-girls high school could come before the end of the month.

Holy Angels property in downtown Sydney.

Erika Shea, director of communications for New Dawn, which owns the facility, said a final detailed review of submissions is now being completed with a final announcement expected in two to three weeks.

The consultant's study will examine everything from uses to infrastructure needs at the former Holy Angels High School located in north end Sydney.

Shea said the study will focus on three major concerns - community consultation, developing a business plan for a sustainable mixed use facility and an assessment of the facility's architecture.

"We are hoping the study can begin in October and be completed in February so we can be ready to start a new chapter in the new year," said Shea.

It is hoped the facility will be transformed into a hub for arts and culture. The school is home to five tenants ranging from an English language instruction school to a filmmaker. Shea said the facility is offering short-term leases while the study is being done.

In addition to acquiring the school, New Dawn bought the former convent.

The study is being funded by theprovince and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. The province is contributing $80,000 while the CBRM is contributing $20,000.

New Dawn bought the property in May.

Shea said the Holy Angels project and the newly announced plan to use the former St. Andrews Church as a performance space elsewhere downtown will complement each other.

Organizations: New Dawn, Holy Angels High School, Andrews Church

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  • JMK
    September 15, 2013 - 12:01

    In response to all of the people who are angry about the influx of international students; I love that you're angry. I hope you get angrier and angrier. I hope the stress of your xenophobia causes many hours of nausea, constipation and diarrhea. You people have been reinforcing the downward spiral of this island for far too long. BTW, there is not a landlord on this island who is not dizzy with glee that we have so many international students

  • Evan
    September 15, 2013 - 07:22

    What a joke another 100 grand for a study what about the rediculus ferry Idea for Sydney harbour they island needs to cut councilors study that

  • fred
    September 14, 2013 - 20:03

    And how much is this going to cost the taxpayers of the CBRM .I for one will call my councillor and tell him not to give one penny .If they do not have the cash go to the bank not the taxpayers

  • Hardy Kalberlah
    September 14, 2013 - 12:23

    The school lends itself to an ideal fine arts instruction facility. All of the arts could be housed under one roof and would be perfect for the community's needs in Fine Arts instruction at both high school and adult level. There are enough qualified art teachers on the island to offer an appropriate credit at all levels.