Reimagining a historic Indian village

The expansive gym at the Cannon Beach Elementary School currently sits unused.

Cannon Beach History Center and Museum will not be moving ahead with a plan to purchase Cannon Beach Elementary School from the Seaside School District.

The museum had hoped to restore the gymnasium and create a cultural event center for the community of Cannon Beach.

“Over the past few months it has become clear that our timeline for this purchase must be pushed back,” Elaine Murdy said Monday. “We hope to approach the school district in the future, but for now, we must focus our energy on the museum and its collections.”

In November, school district superintendent Sheila Roley said the board supported the sale.

The building, which has sat vacant at the north end of Cannon Beach since the school was closed in 2013, has long been of interest to the city, which discussed buying it as some form of event or community center on and off for years.

The Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes also showed interest in preserving the unique building as a cultural landmark. It is one of four buildings the district is attempting to sell as it continues to build a new campus out of the tsunami inundation zone.

According to Trucke in November, the board discussed buying the property for more than a year, and officially sent an offer of $400,000 in September. It was based on a similar offer made by the city of Cannon Beach a few years ago, Trucke said last year.

The cost of interior and exterior renovations a the elementary school would be about $371,000, according to a 2016 estimate.

“We would definitely be interested in the future,” Trucke said. “Just not right at the moment. Sheila Roley and the Seaside School District have been very supportive of this endeavor. In fact, there has been so much support from the community. We hope to revisit this next year.”

The real estate firm of Norris & Stevens is currently preparing to market other school buildings, including Broadway Middle School, Seaside High School and Gearhart Elementary School, as part of the plan to relocate students to a new campus in the Southeast Hills, outside the tsunami inundation zone.

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