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ArtTech school lease is extended

New deal will leave the school in place through 2017


by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - West Linn-Wilsonville School District's alternative high school resides in this building next to the Wilsonville Community Center, and it will remain there for another four years.Questions over the future home of Wilsonville’s Arts and Technology High School appear at the very least to have been resolved for the next four years.

After months of negotiation, the Wilsonville City Council on March 18 approved without discussion a new lease between the city and the West Linn-Wilsonville School District that will allow ArtTech, as it is popularly known, to stay in its current location at the former Willamette Valley Wesleyan Church on Town Center Loop through 2017.

The council was scheduled to discuss and approve the lease more than a month ago. But requests from West Linn-Wilsonville School Board members to clarify certain aspects of the lease delayed final approval until the council’s March 18 meeting.

“The reason we carried the resolution is that the school district board needed an opportunity to look at the lease,” Wilsonville City Attorney Mike Kohlhoff told the council. “They had that opportunity and we’re back here to get your approval.”

There was no debate over the matter by councilors, who approved the new lease by a 4-0 vote, with Councilor Julie Fitzgerald absent.

Arts and Technology High School moved into the former church building and an adjacent building, known as The Kiva, prior to the start of the 2008-09 school year. The first lease called for the school district to pay $80,000 a year for the space.

It expired in June 2011, and a subsequent two-year deal was reached at a rate of $90,000 annually with an option for a third-year extension through the 2013-14 school year.

The new lease calls for another term of three years and takes effect on July 1. When combined with the aforementioned one-year extension running into 2014, the new lease will run through June 30, 2017.

Rent of $90,000 annually, or $7,500 per month, remains unchanged, except it is now tied to the consumer price index and will rise in line with that marker.

In the past, the city was hesitant about entering into a long-term pact with the school district because of uncertainty surrounding the future use of the two buildings, which sit adjacent to the Creekside Woods apartment complex.

That no longer appears to be the case, however, as a city memo from earlier this year stated that “neither the (urban renewal) agency nor the city have identified an alternate use for this property within the next four years.”

Additional terms include:

n District must provide the city with an exit strategy prior to execution of new lease.

n Rent will continue at the current rate of $90,000 per year and escalate annually July 1 of each lease year by the annual January Portland-Salem CPI-U rate. The first CPI increase will occur July 1.

n District will be responsible for all utilities, repairs, maintenance and insurance, excluding landscaping.

n District will pay a monthly landscaping fee of $567 tied to the same CPI increase as the rent increase.

n City will be responsible for all site landscaping.

n District and city will perform agreed upon repairs and maintenance identified during the 2012 property inspection.

n A non-exclusive parking agreement will continue.

Required repairs and maintenance identified in 2012 annual inspection:

City:

1. Install a French drain to prevent the north basement stairwell from flooding from poor grade drainage around the stairwell.

2. Provide locks for electrical disconnect boxes for the heat pumps at the back of the church building near playground.

3. Repaint both buildings and repair woodpecker damage to siding.

4. Repair dormer vent louvers that have been damaged by birds.

5. Treat roofs for moss removal. New roofs will be needed in approximately five years.

District:

1. Regrade the playground chips away from the building siding to provide 6 inches of clearance.

2. Inspect playground equipment and remove or repair any equipment that does not meet playground safety standards.

3. Replace existing windows that do not have tempered glass with tempered glass.

4. Clean all rain gutters.

5. Restripe existing parking lot as necessary.

This is a triple net lease, meaning the district is responsible for all repairs and maintenance of the premises except for structural repairs and maintenance identified as the city’s responsibility. The district also is responsible for any and all taxes assessed against the premises, including improvements, as well as insuring school property and improvements located within the premises.



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