Puyallup School District finds home for 3 programs, buys property

Staff writerSeptember 18, 2013 

Three Puyallup School District programs will have a new address on South Hill, while the district also plans to buy property near Sparks Stadium in downtown Puyallup to expand practice fields there.

The Puyallup School Board on Monday night approved both property moves.

The board approved a rental agreement for the South Hill location that will house two new district programs: the Open Doors dropout re-engagement program and the Puyallup Parent Partnership Program (P4), which is aimed at supporting home-schooled students.

The space will house both new programs, as well as the district’s established Child Find program. Child Find offers preschoolers screenings for developmental delays, as well as hearing and vision problems.

The rental agreement is with East-West Investment Co. Inc., for 10,000 square feet of space at 716 South Hill Park Drive, Suite B.

The district will pay $95,000 in advance for the first year’s rent. Rents gradually will increase over the course of the lease, until in the final year it will cost almost $130,000.

The Sparks Stadium property is just under a half-acre at the southeast corner of Seventh Street Southwest and Fifth Avenue Southwest. It currently holds a five-plex building with some tenants.

The district wants to combine the new property with another vacant lot it owns to expand field space at Sparks. The additional fields would be used for Puyallup High School’s physical education and athletic programs.

Brian Devereux, the district’s planning director, said the district has offered $380,000 for the property, pending satisfaction of several contingencies. One concerns environmental studies. The other involves having the current owner ensure that all tenants are moved out before the district closes on the property.

“We want to be sensitive to existing tenants,” he said. “But the school district is not looking for opportunities to be in the rental business.”

He said some tenants have been notified of the building sale, and that not all of the rental units are occupied.

Debbie Cafazzo: 253-597-8635

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