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Steamboat school board talks selling, buying properties

Buyers interested in Seventh Street site, 90-day extension for Overlook sought

Teresa Ristow

The Steamboat Springs School District administration offices at 325 Seventh St.

— A real estate broker Monday told the Steamboat Springs School Board that two people are interested in purchasing the district's Seventh Street site.

Jim Cook said he represented two parties who are interested in the 2.35-acre site, which currently houses district offices, a preschool and Yampa Valley High School, with parts of the building leased to Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services and Steamboat Springs Boys & Girls Club.

"I have a couple of local people who would be interested in purchasing the property here, and there could be a lease-back option," Cook said. "We would like to move forward with an investigation of this property and at least put an offer on the table."

Cook said he also represented the Mountain Village Montessori Charter School, which he said is interested in the district's Lee Trust property near Steamboat II.

Prior to Cook's comments, board members began a conversation on all district-owned properties and indicated their interest in getting appraisals on the Seventh Street, Steamboat II and Whistler sites.

Board member Sam Rush said she wanted the public to recognize that the board is open to selling properties to show a good faith effort in lowering the costs of a future facilities plan.

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The board discussed the desires of local historical preservationists in preserving the historic portion of the Seventh Street site, and board member Roger Good said whether or not the property was preserved historically might affect its value.

Board members also gave Superintendent Brad Meeks the go-ahead to send a letter to Yampa Valley Electric Association asking to extend an option to purchase YVEA's 70-acre Overlook site.

The option for the district to purchase this site currently expires April 8, and Meeks said he would ask for YVEA to consider a 90-day extension.

Good suggested the board plan a special meeting to discuss the response of YVEA prior to the board's next scheduled meeting April 4, which would be the last opportunity to discuss the property before the option to purchase expires.

Meeks said he wanted to keep the Overlook option open for the steering committee, now called the Community Committee for Education, whose members have yet to tour existing or available properties.

Meeks said members of the committee had offered varied opinions on the Overlook site during the committee's previous meetings.

Committee member Chris Johnson urged the board to hold off on making any decisions to buy or sell property until the committee had gone through its process.

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