A local school board wants to build an elementary school on a parcel of vacant land that tech firm BlackBerry used to own.
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board purchased the land in the Kanata North Business Park from BlackBerry in August. It has asked the City of Ottawa to rezone the land to make way for the school.
The matter was supposed to come before the city’s planning committee on Tuesday but it never came up for debate.
Because the land is zoned industrial, the plan requires city council approve a zoning change before going ahead.
While the surrounding area is known for being home to many high-tech companies, the site is adjacent to the Monk Environmental Park and the Richcraft Recreation Complex, which is currently under construction.
BlackBerry announced last month it planned to cut about 4,500 jobs, which is about 40 per cent of its workforce.
The Waterloo-based tech firm, which is currently evaluating the possibility of selling itself, is shedding a large portion of its Kanata office space.
In September, brokerage firm CBRE advertised 80,000 square feet of class-A office space inside 450 March Rd. for sublease.
Editor’s note: This is a corrected story. A previous version of this item indicated that the City of Ottawa’s planning committee had approved the rezoning. In fact the matter never came up for debate at its meeting on Tuesday and still has yet to be approved.