Kitsilano is about to get a brand new elementary school.
A $40 million “much-needed, seismically safe replacement” of Henry Hudson Elementary school was announced by the provincial government today.
“Families deserve to send their children to safe, inspiring and engaging schools and have access to childcare in convenient locations,” said BC Education Minister Rob Fleming. “The new Henry Hudson Elementary school will accomplish all of that as a modern educational facility and a true community hub for generations to come.”
The province noted that the project’s $40.1 million price tag is jointly funded by the government of BC, the Vancouver School Board, and the City of Vancouver. The Province is investing $29.06 million from the Seismic Mitigation Program for the project. The Vancouver School Board is providing $1.06 million, and the City of Vancouver is contributing $10 million for a rooftop childcare centre.
The current Henry Hudson Elementary is nearly 110 years old and in need of an upgrade due to its age and condition.
Construction on the replacement is set to begin in Spring 2022, with the new school expected to be ready for students by September 2024. The school will be built on the existing property, and the current facilities will be demolished after completion.
The new facility will also include a neighbourhood learning centre that will retain Hudson’s current childcare programming. The new rooftop childcare centre will add 69 spaces for children ages four and under, as well as 30 additional spaces of before- and after-school care.
Last modified: June 25, 2020