City Council will go it alone on construction of a new recreation and senior’s centre near the new Pan Am stadium.
It has approved spending up to 17 million dollars on the stand-alone project — rather than partnering with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board which had proposed a joint-use high school and community complex at the former Scott Park site.
Council’s vote was unanimous with many saying that was too much risk attached to the partnership proposal.
There were also concerns about getting involved due to frustrations that have resulted from working with the school board on other projects.
A few councillors did express disappointment with an “opportunity lost”, noting that projections show that the city could have saved 2-to-3 million dollars on its portion of the facility had it entered into the partnership.
The school board will now choose a different location for construction of its new high school in the lower city.
“Plan B” will be unveiled after trustees meet on Monday night.
The Ministry of Education is providing 31 million dollars to build the new high school, which must be completed by September of 2016.