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Fort Erie International Academy breaks ground on first phase of new student residence.
June 1, 2020 - Fort Erie International Academy is excited to announce that today it officially broke ground on Phase 1 of its student residences at its Fort Erie campus.
Designed and engineered by Quartek Group Inc. and constructed by Niacon Construction Management Services, Phase 1 construction consists of two, 3 storey, 8 unit blocks of townhouse style residences as well as water and sanitary sewer infrastructure upgrades along Tait Ave. Immediately upon completion of Phase 1, Phase 2 will commence, erecting another block of 3 storey townhouse style residences. Once complete, the 3 blocks of residences will have capacity to house over 300 students.
“Having worked closely with and in support for Paul’s vision since last spring, I am excited to see the initial stages of what I know will be an incredible campus beginning today” said Town CAO, Tom Kuchyt.
Phase 1 student residence at the Fort Erie International Academy Campus, located at 7 Tait Ave., the location of the former Fort Erie Secondary School.
These initial phases of campus development represent a $12 million investment, and only a small portion of the $90 million total investment that JPAS International Inc./FEIA plans to make at the campus over the next 2 to 3 years.
“We are excited to start this phase of development of our Fort Erie Campus, and we look forward to welcoming the class of 2020-2021 in September” said JPAS International Inc. (o/a Fort Erie International Academy) Director, Mr. Paul Liu. “In partnership with 271 Education Group in China, we are confident that enrollment for the new school year will be robust and we expect about 150-200 Chinese and international students to arrive in September” Mr. Liu added.
Breaking ground at Fort Erie International Academy on Phase 1 of student residence construction. Pictured from left to right; Mayor Wayne Redekop, Paul Liu Director, JPAS International Inc. (FEIA), Councillor George McDermott and Town of Fort Erie Chief Administrative Officer Tom Kuchyt.
Having received a conditional/foundation permit on Monday, May 25th, FEIA today began initial excavation at the site.
To commemorate this exciting event for posterity and to share this exciting news with the residents and stakeholders of the town of Fort Erie, the Niagara region and beyond, Mr. Liu was joined by Fort Erie Mayor, Wayne Redekop, Councillor George McDermott and Town of Fort Erie CAO Tom Kuchyt today for an official groundbreaking ceremony.
“The Town of Fort Erie is thrilled to welcome the significant investments the Fort Erie International Academy is making in our historic Bridgeburg neighbourhood” said Mayor Wayne Redekop. “As enrollment increases, demand from the student body and staff for local services will also increase driving a strong economic impact not only here in Bridgeburg, but throughout the town” said the Mayor.
“Having worked closely with Paul and his team, first to help extol the benefits of Fort Erie as a location ready for the type of investment he (Paul) was focused on making, and then in support of the school’s first year of operation this past year, I look forward to seeing how FEIA’s growth will further catalyze additional investment in the area” said Fort Erie Councillor George McDermott. “And I wish Paul, the FEIA team and all of FEIA’s students all the best as they continue to immerse themselves into our town and into the community of Bridgeburg”.
“The Town of Fort Erie, from the Mayor and Council, to the amazing staff in the Town’s planning, engineering, economic development and fire departments have been so supportive” said Paul Liu. “The FEIA team and I would not be where we are today without their hard work, dedication and ‘make it happen’ approach” said Liu.
For more information on this initial phase of campus development, please visit FEIA’s website at feia.ca/news for ongoing project updates.
For more information, please contact:
Fort Erie International Academy
Mr. Adam Joon, MBA
Director of Corporate Administration
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