Media Release: Town of Lincoln finalizes the agreement to purchase the former Beamsville District Secondary School (BDSS) site

Beamsville District Secondary School
Media Release

Lincoln, ON – (July 9, 2024) – The Town of Lincoln is thrilled to announce the successful agreement to acquire the surplus property housing the former Beamsville District Secondary School (BDSS) site from the District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) in June 2024. This milestone marks the culmination of extensive discussions between the Town and the DSBN, outlining the future for the historic and cherished site.

Nestled at 4317 Central Avenue in Beamsville, BDSS has been an integral part of the Lincoln and West Niagara community since its establishment in 1888. 

In September 2021, the Town of Lincoln declared its intent to purchase the BDSS property, and by December 2021, the Letter of Intent was signed. Today, we celebrate the approval of this transaction, solidifying the Town's future ownership of the former BDSS site.

This is an important opportunity for the Town to take ownership of a property that is not only centrally located in Beamsville and within walking distance of many amenities and services, but one that is also rich in history. By purchasing the site, the Town will shape its future and we are excited about leading this transformational project. With our commitment to the tagline 'Preserve, Evolve, Thrive,' we aim not only to embrace the rich heritage of this site but also to spearhead a new era of community benefits and sustainable growth.

The Town of Lincoln will work diligently with the Lincoln community and stakeholders to review potential plans for the future of the site. Based on the signed agreement, the Town will take ownership in January 2025.


Town of Lincoln:

“Continuing our tradition of leadership, the Town of Lincoln is seizing the opportunity to drive positive change for Lincoln and all of West Niagara,” said Town of Lincoln Mayor Sandra Easton. “This site has the potential to become a central location in Lincoln, offering various development possibilities that will contribute to the long-term health and well-being of our community. Council is excited to hear from our residents as public feedback will be crucial in shaping the future of the former BDSS site.” 

"This presents an important opportunity to take ownership of a property strategically positioned in the heart of Beamsville, with easy access to numerous amenities and services, and a rich historical background. The potential this site holds for our community is truly exciting,” said the Town’s Chief Administrative Officer Michael Kirkopoulos. “Council has directed staff to develop a business case that will be informed by community input. Together with Council, we aim to preserve the site's historical significance while advancing our vision for sustainable growth and community well-being.”

District School Board of Niagara:

“The Town of Lincoln and DSBN have long worked together with the community’s best interests at heart. Ensuring that the beautiful BDSS building stays part of local community is an excellent example of this collaborative partnership,” said Sue Barnett, DSBN Chair of the Board.

“Beamsville District Secondary School has been a valued part of the Town of Lincoln for over 130 years. Thousands of students have learned in that building with countless memories made and friendships formed. It’s an important piece of the community and we are pleased that the BDSS building will continue serving West Niagara in the years to come,” said Stacy Veld, DSBN Associate Director of Education, Corporate Services.

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