The Hamilton public school board has made it official.
In a 7-4 vote, the board has decided to expropriate Scott Park and turn it into a parking lot.
It will provide 165 spaces.
The cost of demolition is 2-million dollars and that includes the specialized work to remove asbestos from the building.
However, it doesn’t include the cost to expropriate the property from the current owner and any associated legal fees.
There is another issue to be dealt with, zoning.
According to the City’s Planning Department, Scott Park is zoned for a secondary school and not a parking lot.
Meanwhile, the Parkview property, which is to become part of the new high school, is zoned for institutional purposes and the city’s planning director says a secondary school on that site is specifically excluded.
A re-zoning process could take between three and six months.