The Sapperton Pensioners Hall could soon be catering to a more youthful crowd.
The Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth and Families has applied for a temporary use permit that would enable it to use the hall at 318 Keary St. as an elementary school for children with severe mobility impairments. Council will consider the temporary use permit at its Sept. 19 meeting.
"The Purpose School for Conducive Learning will offer a unique educational option for parents of children aged five to 12 years with severe motor impairments," said a staff report to council. "It will be based on a conductive education model and offer one-on-one instruction and opportunities for parental involvement."
According to the report, the school would be located on the hall's upper floor and would enroll 10 to 12 children in its startup year. The school would operate from 9: 30 a.m. to 3: 30 p.m. Monday to Thursday and from 9: 30 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m. on Friday.
"The school will generate income for the Sapperton Pensioners Hall. It will also provide a regular use for the hall, which is currently underutilized," said the staff report. "Additionally, it will contribute to the creation of an intergenerational facility which serves the needs of families, children and seniors."
Council approved a motion to have the application host an information meeting in the Sapperton community or to attending the McBride-Sapperton Residents' Association meeting before council considers issuing the temporary use permit.
Coun. Lorrie Williams said the school is a good use of space for the Sapperton hall.
"It's going to serve two groups," she said.