School board, city join forces for development
At their January meeting, Estacada School Board members moved forward in collaborating with the city government to develop approximately 20 acres of vacant district property.
At the meeting held Wednesday, Jan. 10, board members approved an intergovernmental agreement with the city for the project.
The site north of Estacada High School will eventually be developed into sports fields for use by students, youth leagues and community groups.
Additionally, North Broadway Street and Northeast Hill Way will be extended across school district property near the area in order to connect to the future Campanella Estates subdivision.
"This will serve not only our students but the community at large," Estacada School District Superintendent Ryan Carpenter said during the meeting. "This is something the district and community has been talking about for a long time."
Per the agreement, the city of Estacada will provide the school district with $130,000 to offset the costs of constructing a restroom facility and concession stand for the area.
The school district will pay for clearing the property for the sports field complex, construction of the complex and costs pertaining to the restroom facility and concession stand that exceed the city's contribution.
A deed approved during the Jan. 10 meeting will transfer ownership or grant a permanent easement of just under four acres of school district property to the city for the extensions of North Broadway Street and Northeast Hill Way.
The city of Estacada's responsibilities will include extending North Broadway Street and Northeast Hill Way, installing sidewalks along the majority of Broadway Street, extending the city's water main to service the new sports complex area, provide two driveway approaches on Broadway Street to the school district's bus barn and installing storm water collection on the property.
School board members expressed excitement at moving forward in the process of developing the land.
"This is a conversation that's been happening for more than 20 years," said Ken Riedel, vice chair of the board.