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Group Is Trying to Save the Former Pacific View Elementary School

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

A group of Encinitas resident is working together to save the old Pacific View Elementary School property. The school has been vacant since 2003 and the property is slated to be auctioned off for sale on March 25.

ABC 10 News reported Tuesday that the group, dubbed Save Pacific View, will attend this afternoon's Encinitas Union School District board meeting to continue its fight of the possible sale.

Scott Chatfield, with Save Pacific View, told the new station it is basically a "death sentence" to sell the property.

"We're talking about a large, amazing piece of cherished property," he told them.

Encinitas Union School District Superintendent Dr. Tim Baird has said the property no longer works as an educational resource and money from the sale would support the children.

Watch the video above.

Jay Berman March 12, 2014 at 12:38 PM
Then this group can buy it for its true value .... we can't keep taking property off the tax roles without adding unused property back ... we now have a 44 acre park .. a new fire station, a municipal office and yard on prime frontage property ... Pacific View should be demolished and subdivided into about 20 single family lots and sold off to individuals .. it will bring in a lot of property tax this city needs ... not to mention the money the school district will get from the sale
Lynn Marr March 16, 2014 at 10:54 PM
Jay, you're mistaken on this. Pacific View would have a significant lease revenue stream, should it be leased to a non-profit foundation to rehab and maintain the existing classrooms for a true community arts and learning center. The bottom line is not always money. Dollars are not always the highest value.
Jay Berman March 17, 2014 at 12:12 PM
We just don't agree ... you sell 20 lots at $1m ++ each then the improvements / houses built would probably make those houses worth over $2m each ... that's significant property tax revenue. The city needs money to pay for all the excessive spending its been doing besides all the deferred maintenance and paying way too much for each of these projects .. I think government should own only the real estate that is needed and sell off surplus. Government shouldn't be a landlord either ...

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