CLOVER PARK SCHOOL DISTRICT
Public Hearing – Proposed Sale of Properties
Student Services Center, Room 18
10903 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW, Lakewood, WA 98499
September 13, 2017
Present: President Marty Schafer, Vice President Carole Jacobs, Becki Kellcy, Joe Vlaming, Paul Wagemann and Debbie LeBeau
6:00 p.m. President Schafer called to order the Public Hearing.
PROPOSED SALE OF PROPERTIES
President Schafer read the following into the minutes:
The Board of Directors of CPSD proposes to sell school district property located at 14920 Spring Street SW, Lakewood, WA 98439.
A public notice has been published regarding this potential land sale once a week for two consecutive weeks in the Tacoma News Tribune, a newspaper with general circulation in the school district boundaries. The notice described the property to be sold and designated the place, day and hour when the hearing would be held. Large signs containing the public notice were erected at strategic locations on the property proposed for sale.
Although not required, the district also notified the residents of the Woodbrook community by mailing a letter to each household in the community and to each family of Woodbrook students. The letter specified that the properties are no longer suitable for school district purposes and plans are underway to build a new middle school to serve the Woodbrook students. If unable to attend the hearing, recipients of the letter were invited to share their written comments in advance.
The property which is approximately 37.29 acres, consists of multiple tax parcels which are zoned Industrial Business Park by the city of Lakewood. The property is located in an area surrounded by a mix of residential and commercial properties and permitted use includes: warehousing; distribution; freight movement; contractor yards; outdoor recreation; public maintenance facilities; utilities and limited manufacturing.
This public hearing is being held for the purpose of admitting evidence for and against the propriety and advisability of the proposed sale. The board will not respond this evening to any comments made or questions asked. Staff will follow up at a later day and time with individuals if appropriate.
We ask each person to fill out a card with your name and address for our records. Each speaker will have a maximum of three minutes to provide their comments. Written input will also be accepted this evening, if you run out of time or prefer to share your comments in writing. Please speak into the microphone, state your name and address for the record and be prepared to limit your time to three minutes. We ask that you avoid repetitive comments.
The sale of Woodbrook properties ties in with the City of Lakewood’s plans for commercial redevelopment and economic growth at the Woodbrook industrial site. It will bring more jobs to Lakewood and benefit the local economy.
Travis Hale – Mr. Hale of Panattoni Development Company remarked on the sale of the property. The Panattoni Development Company supports the district’s efforts to sell the property. They are planning to develop a 470,000 square foot building near the Woodbrook industrial site.
Linn Larsen – Mr. Larsen of Linn Larsen, LLC, noted that he believes the district is putting the property on the market at the right time and for the right reasons. He has been in the real estate business since 1974 adding that the market for large industrial sites is extremely small in this area and he believes the property will be in good demand. As a longtime resident of Lakewood, Mr. Larsen is looking forward to having the funds from the sale of the property for Clover Park School District. He added that he is happy to answer any questions the Board may have regarding the current market and he is willing to make himself available to the school board if they wish.
Monte Decker – Mr. Decker represents CBRE, a real estate company. He is working with the school district on another site and believes the property being considered will be sought after especially because there are more and more trucks on the road and businesses are looking for ways to squeeze efficiencies from the supply chain. He said the properties are in a good site and this is a good time to place them on the market. Most realtors believe there are 18-24 months, some say 36 months, left before the real estate market turns. The site is close to I-5 and the infrastructure that is being put into the Lakewood area is great.
6:15 p.m. The hearing was adjourned by President Schafer.