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Former St. John's school being demolished

Demoliiton workers chat about their next move as they survey the demolition site of the former I.J. Samson school on the corner of Bennett Avenue in St. John's Saturday afternoon.
Demoliiton workers chat about their next move as they survey the demolition site of the former I.J. Samson school on the corner of Bennett Avenue in St. John's Saturday afternoon.

The property which once housed I.J.Samson school on Bennett Avenue in St. John’s is being razed this weekend as the developer, Bill Clarke, gets ready to implement plans to turn the shuttered school into a housing project.

Concept art, showing the proposed housing for the corner of Bennett Avenue and Beaumont Street. The corner is currently home to the former I.J. Samson Junior High, vacant since 2011.

The plan is put up 20 townhouses along Beaumont Street and Bennett Avenue, with remaining space off Bennett Avenue designated for 58 units in nine buildings, to be sold as apartments for seniors. The Eastern School District originally acquired the property from the Anglican church in 1969, then sold the property for a mere $189, 000.

The former school has been vacant since 2011. It had operated for 72 years before it closed Approximately 300 students there were sent to other schools.

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A view of the demolition site of I.J. Samson school on the corner of Bennett Avenue in St. John's Saturday. The site will be the new home of a housing development.

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