Old Colony Church buys former Brussels School - April 13, 2017
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
The Old Colony Mennonite Church has officially bought the former Brussels Public School.
The sale was made official on Friday and the church group, which has been operating the site as a Mennonite school for the last few years, has bought the school and its surrounding property for $225,000.
Huron East Council passed a bylaw authorizing the sale at its April 4 meeting. At the meeting, Chief Administrative Officer Brad Knight said that while there was still some work left to be done on the sale, it was expected to close on the following Friday.
Council officially declared the property surplus and expressed its interest in selling it at the Jan. 24 council meeting.
This was the second time it had been put up for sale in 10 months. The previous summer, council had put it up for sale, but after lengthy discussions surrounding expanding the rules for an interested suitor and questions regarding the tender process, the municipality received no bids and ownership of the property returned to the municipality.
After the school was closed by the Avon-Maitland District School Board, Huron East bought the building and dubbed it the Brussels Business and Cultural Centre. Council wanted the building to serve as a small business incubator, which it did for a number of years.
In later years, the Old Colony Mennonite Church began renting the former school as a place of learning once again, bringing over 100 students to the community on a daily basis, many of whom are from the Listowel area.
The school and its administration was profiled by The Citizen in November, 2015. The story can be viewed on The Citizen’s website at www.northhuron.on.ca.