If you seek to own a piece of local history, you can now buy Barrie Central Collegiate for a cool $4.9 million.
The school, which is closing in June, officially went on the market Thursday.
The – for Central and nearby Prince of Wales Public School, a heritage property. The properties total about 18,400 square metres.
“Over seven acres in the downtown is a great opportunity. That’s pretty hard to find these days,” said Sutton broker Shannon MacIntyre, an industrial commercial real-estate specialist leading the sale for the Simcoe County District School Board.
“I think that, by and large, is its unique feature.”
There will be no open houses for the buildings, rather all qualified buyers will get scheduled tours after school hours, she said.
Offers must be submitted by April 15 at 3 p.m., she added.
“We have to be sensitive that Central is still operating. We’re trying very hard to have some rules and regulations because there are quite a few students still there,” MacIntyre said.
The board is also allowing a month for potential buyers to put in offers so they have time to consider how the properties might fit into their plans, such as by checking zoning, land densities and project master plans, she said.
The school board had a third-party appraisal done on the properties before choosing a selling price, she said.
“It’s one of those sites that has lots of moving parts. It has two addresses. It’s right in the downtown. It’s very unique,” she said.
As of noon on Thursday, no one had made inquiries into the listing, she said, but several people in the community have shared their interest.
The board previously turned down a for a school for 800 students and a Georgian College entrepreneurship centre, a new YMCA, and housing, such as three high-rise towers and stacked townhouses.
Damian Spaulding, director of Spaulding School of Music in Barrie and Collingwood, wants to there.
He had estimated the listing price would be $6 million. When told it was millions less, he exclaimed, “That is so exciting! I can’t say how exciting that is.”
“We have all our ducks in a row,” he said, adding he believes his chances of having the winning offer are high.
Spaulding said he has music industry partners and investors on board to donate money for his project, which could also qualify for federal funding. He is lining up a series of concerts and fundraisers to help as well.
“This is astounding. With the amount of community support that’s been, it’s overwhelming,” he said.
He said he plans to organize a concert with a headlining act and have kids and local bands as the opening acts, as well as a sort of “giant Art Attack” by having hundreds of people draw with chalk all over the parking lot at 80 Bradford St.