Transfer of City Properties to Spokane Public Schools Next in Historic Collaboration

City Council to consider property transfers on July 22

Marlene Feist, Communications, (509) 625-6505

Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 4:56 p.m.

A public hearing on the transfer of two City of Spokane surplus properties to Spokane Public Schools will be held on Monday, July 22, during the City Council’s regular 6 p.m. meeting in the lower level of City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.

The transfer of these properties is the next step in the historic partnership between Spokane Public Schools and the City of Spokane, including Spokane Parks and the Spokane Public Library, to build community, support healthy neighborhoods, and create value for the citizens they serve.

“Creating value for our citizens through collaboration and partnerships is a major component of the City’s joint Administration and Council Strategic Plan, One Spokane,” says Mayor David Condon. “The partnership we have developed between schools, parks, and libraries is a huge success for our the health of our community. We should all be proud.”

“This is a further continuation of the implementation of the partnership between the City, the Library and Spokane Schools that the voters overwhelmingly approved last fall,” says Council President Ben Stuckart. “When we all work together, we make Spokane stronger for all our citizens.”

The properties that the City is planning to transfer are located at 1250 E. North Foothills Drive and at East 63rd Avenue & South Altamont Street and will be used to build new middle schools. Please see the attached maps. In return, the City will receive property near 2904 E Sprague for a new library facility.

The partnership between the City and schools was confirmed by the citizens last fall through the approval of two ballot measures:

  • A bond issue by Spokane Public Schools that includes three new middle schools; three replacement middle schools; updates at Lewis & Clark High School, Libby Center, and On Track Academy; safety and technology updates; and a multi-use stadium replacement at Albi.
  • An additional bond issue by the City of Spokane to fund three new libraries and four library modernization projects. See the information provided by Spokane Public Library.
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