City and School District in discussion about siting Community Center on school district property

Saturday, March 2, 2019

School district property on 1st Ave NE proposed for the CAC

By Diane Hettrick

The City of Shoreline and Shoreline Public Schools are in discussion about the siting of the new Community and Aquatics Center (CAC).

At the February 25, 2019 meeting of the school board, Athletics Director Don Dalziel and Superintendent Rebecca Miner updated the board on the current discussions.

At stake for the school district is the future of their high school swimming and diving programs. The CAC proposed by the City provided inadequate facilities for the swim teams - one of the few non-cut sports in high school.

The school district is offering a 50 year lease on their land north of the Shoreline Center for the CAC. To meet the City's needs, the land offer would include the property the current pool sits on, the tennis courts, rest rooms, and maintenance buildings, all of which would need to be relocated.

The school board approved proceeding with the discussions.

The City Council will take it up at their meeting on Monday, March 4th, with an item added to their agenda:

Agenda Item 7.c (Authorizing the City Manager to Execute a Contract Amendment with WRNS Studio in the Amount of $45,000 for the Shoreline Community and Aquatics Center Alternative Site Analysis) has been added.
On February 25, 2019 the Shoreline School Board offered school district owned property as a potential location for the CAC.  This contract amendment would provide information necessary for the City to compare the 17828 Midvale Avenue N site with the site offered by the school district.

The original City planning called for the purchase of the storage facility near City Hall as the site of the CAC.


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