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Catholic Board Announces Long-Term Lease Extension for Downtown Kitchener St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centre Campus
The Waterloo Catholic District School Board announced plans to maintain its St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres campus at 80 Young Street in downtown Kitchener, potentially until 2035.
The opportunity to remain at the very heart of the Waterloo Region community comes as a result of a new lease agreement with the Catholic religious order, the Congregation of the Resurrection (CR) — which has owned the site for more than 150 years.
The school board’s current 25-year lease with the CRs was set to expire in 2020. St. Louis has operated at the site since 2002. Catholic educational institutions (most notably the former St. Jerome’s High School) have existed there since 1866.
The opportunity to renew the downtown Kitchener lease at this time will allow St. Louis to continue offering programs and services to those most in need in the community, while also aligning with the Congregation’s values and mission to “work together for the resurrection of society, bringing His life and love to all: through our personal witness, through the witness of our life in community in which all can experience the hope, joy, and peace of Christ’s resurrection”. The school board and St. Louis look forward particularly to continuing our close relationship with St. Mary of the Seven Sorrows Catholic Parish.
Renewal work at the St. Francis (Kitchener) campus of St. Louis was planned in anticipation of relocating certain programs and services after the current lease at 80 Young Street expired. This work will continue.