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Burnaby earmarks millions for amenities at Brentwood school sites

Burnaby city council gave approval in principle to $7.4 million in funding for an expanded school gym at Brentwood Park Elementary School and a school-based child-care facility at a new school planned for 4900 Dawson St.
Burnaby city council has earmarked $1.4 million for a child-care centre at a new Brentwood school proposed for 4900 Dawson St.

A proposed new Brentwood elementary school hasn't broken ground yet, but funding earmarked by Burnaby city council recently suggests the project will include a child-care facility.

Council has given approval in principle to up to $1.4 million for a new, 37-space child-care centre at the new school, which is planned for 4900 Dawson St., according to a report on closed-door meeting decisions released at Monday's regular council meeting.

The school district and city announced in February that the 4900 Dawson St. property, currently a city-owned park, had been chosen as the site of a new school.

Desperately needed to accommodate growth in the Brentwood town centre, the 715-student school could be open by the 2027-28 school year, according to school officials.

City staff have been directed to report back on cost and grant-funding requests for the new child-care centre at a later date.

Council has also earmarked a contribution of up to $6 million for an expanded gym at Brentwood Park Elementary School.

That school has been approved by the province for a major seismic upgrade and addition.

Staff will report back to council on the terms of a contribution agreement and joint-use agreement for the expanded gym.

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