Photos by Jennifer Tran, Class of 2014
The San Diego Unified School District’s effort to sell 2.23 acres of prime coastal real estate has taken yet another dramatic turn.
Mayor Bob Filner has swooped in at the 11th hour, announcing his interest in having the city of San Diego buy the old Mission Beach Elementary School.
Filner’s sudden interest in the land that has sat all-but vacant for decades comes just days before the school board is set to consider an $18.5 million offer from developers to purchase the property. The district put the old campus up for sale last year, accepting and then unexpectedly rejecting a $16.5 million bid for the parcel.
Where the city would find the money— and whether the City Council would agree with the purchase— is unclear. San Diego faces a $38.6 million deficit in next year’s $1.2 billion operating fund. Filner proposed closing the gap in his budget with aid of increased tax revenues, one-time money and some modest cuts.
San Diego Unified school board President John Lee Evans said the city missed its opportunities to buy the land and that it would be irresponsible for the district to back away from a reliable bid just weeks before it must adopt a final budget.
The school board will be meeting on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 from 5PM to 9PM at the Education Center on Normal Street to consider the $18.5 million bid, the highest one made at an auction earlier this month. The offer came from a new partnership, McKellar-Ashbrook LLC out of La Jolla. That offer bested the $16.5 million bid that was made just a year ago from San Francisco-based Carmel Partners LLC.
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