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Former Algonquin College Campus sold

Sarah Hyatt

Algonquin College has announced they've sold the former Pembroke Campus on Pembroke Street West.

Algonquin College has announced they've sold the former Pembroke Campus on Pembroke Street West.

The former Pembroke Algonquin College Campus has sold for $1.5 million, it was recently announced.

Located on Pembroke Street West, the campus has served the community and students from abroad pursuing a higher education for more than 40 years.

A former dairy too, the building has transformed and transformed again over the years since 1969 when it was originally expanded to accommodate the college when it began operations. Quality education continued to be offered at the institution until 2012, when construction was completed on the new waterfront campus.

College President Dr. Kent MacDonald said the sale of the building closes a chapter on Algonquin’s rich history of serving the Upper Ottawa Valley. MacDonald added, the college is pleased to learn the building has been sold, but will remain a vital component of the city’s infrastructure.

If the sale is approved by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, the college plans to put the money from the sale towards costs related to the new waterfront campus in Pembroke.

“The sale is good for the Pembroke community,” MacDonald said. “Our former campus is in a prime location. At the same time, we are pleased to be writing a new chapter with our beautiful new waterfront campus that enhances the experiences for all our Pembroke campus students.”

As to what the future holds for the historical campus or who has purchased the property, it’s not known at this time.

The former campus is a three-storey building, which sits beside the Pembroke courthouse and houses several classrooms and labs, a commercial kitchen, cafeteria, a library and many offices.

What’s more, with three large parking lots, several decorative upgrades made over the years and the addition of an elevator and installation of digital technologies to support Internet connectivity within the building, the future possibilities are however, endless.

Sarah Hyatt is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist.


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