Wellington County purchases daycare closed due to asbestos
Published Thursday, November 28, 2013 1:54PM EST
Last Updated Thursday, November 28, 2013 6:51PM EST
More than six months after a Guelph daycare facility was closed due to asbestos concerns, plans are moving forward for the future of the building.
Willowdale Child Care and Learning Centre on Willow Road in Guelph’s west end was closed in May after insulation containing small amounts of asbestos was found behind a baseboard.
At the time, officials said the asbestos would be cleaned up within a week, but further discoveries prompted a longer-term closure.
Wednesday, the City of Guelph announced that it would sell the Willowdale property to Wellington County for $150,000, with the county promising to redevelop it into a new child care centre by late 2014.
“We’ve been working hand-in-hand with the county to come to a conclusion really quickly,” Derrick Thomson, Guelph’s executive director of community and social services, tells CTV News.
Of the 55 families that previously relied on Willowdale for child care, 39 were able to make alternative arrangements before the summer.
Zoning conditions and an agreement of purchase must still be finalized.