Public meetings planned for proposed property sale
November 1, 2012
The Renton School District will hold public meetings to present the plan to sell two pieces of undeveloped property near Newcastle’s Hazelwood Elementary School and Renton’s Tiffany Park Elementary School, according to a press release from the district.
The district will hold two community meetings at schools near each property, as well as more formal school board public hearings — 6 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Hazelwood Elementary library, 7100 116th Ave. S.E., and 7 p.m. Nov. 27 and 29 at the district’s administrative offices, 300 S.W. Seventh St., Renton.
Both pieces of property are zoned for single-family residences.
The property at the north end of the district, near Hazelwood Elementary, measures about 10 acres.
Both sites present challenging issues that preclude the district from building a school on either site, including size, location, accessibility and environmental issues, the release said.
The cost to prepare both of the densely wooded sites — with its challenging topography — to construct a school would have resulted in an excessive expense request of district taxpayers, according to the district.
Funds generated from the sale of the properties must be placed into the district’s capital projects fund for school construction and renovation.