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Richmond city offers to buy strip of school property to improve No. 5 and Cambie

City of Richmond offers $410,000 to purchase part of school district land for upgrades.

The Richmond Board of Education could give the final seal of approval on Wednesday to sell a strip of property so the city can make safety improvements at No. 5 and Cambie roads.

A recommendation for the land sale, for $410,000 will be presented to the board of education this Wednesday.

The 173-square-metre strip of land is on the south side of Mitchell elementary and runs along Cambie Road.

The intersection was identified as the sixth most collision-prone in Richmond with 53 crashes in 2022 alone, according to ICBC statistics 

Proposed upgrades include dedicated left-turn lanes in all four directions, upgraded crosswalk markings and signage at the intersection as well as improvements to the sidewalk on No. 5 Road.

The project is expected to reduce collisions and congestion at this intersection, according to a school district report.

A public consultation was held last October and, in December, the Ministry of Education and Child Care gave its approval for this proposed project.

The value of the land was determined through "a fair-market value evaluation” and is in the proposed sales agreement between the school board and the city, explained SD38 secretary-treasurer Cindy Wang at a board meeting last October.

“The design efforts have been taken to minimize construction impact to school property at no cost to the school district,” said Wang.

The money from the sale will be used for Richmond School District-approved capital projects. 

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