The Seaside School District authorized Superintendent Susan Penrod to negotiate a deal after an offer was received from the Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District for the purchase of Broadway Middle School.
The property is listed at $2.9 million. Details of the bid amount were not disclosed.
“It’s a special place for me,” Brian Taylor, a member of the school district’s building and grounds committee, said at a livestreamed meeting last Thursday. “I am looking forward to working with our community and super proud to be able to help with this acquisition for the park district.”
The school district returned a counteroffer, Skyler Archibald, executive director of the park district, said at a park district work session Tuesday.
“I think we’re really close to an agreement, which is great,” Archibald said. “Staff is already working on lining up some of the essential inspections that we’ll have to have.”
The school district asked for an increase of earnest money to be paid prior to sale, and sought a potential easement for a new softball field on park district property, between the small gym and the existing Broadway Field structure.
The park district board in September authorized Archibald to work with a real estate agent and deliver an offer discussed in executive session to the school district.
The potential purchase by the park district aims to improve community health and wellness, child care and recreational activity, Archibald said.
An offer on Broadway Middle School by a different entity pulled out of negotiations, Taylor said.
“They dropped out,” Taylor said. “They went away.”
The middle school, located on U.S. Highway 101 and Broadway, is among the schools to relocate to the new Spruce Drive campus outside of the tsunami inundation zone.
Of the 5.4-acre property, 3 acres are zoned residential and 2.4 acres are zoned for commercial use. The 73,000-square-foot building includes the main school with two gyms, cafeteria and kitchen.
The city leases parts of the middle school property that houses the Visitors Bureau, Seaside Chamber of Commerce and public restrooms.
“We look forward to the process of working together with the school district and preserving this important community building as a resource for many years to come,” Archibald said.
Bidding on the middle school property remains open until the school district and park district agree to purchase terms.