Westside Christian High School in Lake Oswego will be moving its campus to the City Bible Church building at the corner of Pacific Highway and Highway 217 starting next year, the school announced Tuesday.After years of talk, Westside Christian High School is finally coming to Tigard.

The Lake Oswego-based private Christian school announced Tuesday that it purchased the City Bible Church building near the intersection of Highway 217 and Pacific Highway.

“This property is ideal for us,” Westside’s President Andy Sears said in the announcement. “It is centrally located within the geographic region we serve and is easy to access. Additionally, the ability to accomplish much of the project through renovation means that the overall timeline will be much shorter than tackling a completely new facility.”

The school first started talking about purchasing the property in 2011.

Westside plans to transform the 7.4-acre campus into a functional school in time for students to return to class this September.

City Bible Church, which has owned the land since 2002, will continue to lease the property for Sunday services, Sears said.

It’s a dream come true for the private high school, which has been renting space in Lake Oswego for years.

“We’ve been aggressively searching for a suitable piece of property for the school for the past seven years,” Sears said. “Several times we thought we had a solution in hand, but ran into obstacles. Once we identified the (City Bible Church) site, it seemed that everything just started falling into place.”

The church will need to undergo substantial renovation, beginning next month.

The school plans to build a space for music, drama and art classes, as well as a new gym, fitness center, locker rooms, science labs, a library and computer labs. Plans also call for resizing existing rooms and widening hallways.

The cost of the property purchase and renovation project total an estimated $12.2 million, Sears said.

The vast majority of those funds are already in place through pledges, cash gifts and other fundraising, Sears said.

The school is holding a public campaign to raise the final $330,000 needed for this phase of the project.

The site, located at 8200 S.W. Pfaffle St., will allow the school to save on the costs of all new construction as well as profit from the lease-back agreement with City Bible Church.

Interested in touring the new facility? Prospective students and their families can call 503-697-4711 to schedule a tour.

“As the renovation and new construction projects ramp up, we might need to modify our tours a bit,” said Admissions Director Brett Meyers, “but we’ll find a way to help families visualize the final product.”

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