Downtown Encinitas school site the topic of meeting
By: ADAM KAYE - Staff Writer
ENCINITAS -- Houses, offices and a historical schoolhouse are part of a development plan proposed for the old Pacific View School campus.
After more than a year of committee meetings, Encinitas Union School District officials said Wednesday that they are ready to disclose their latest thinking about what to do with the Third Street campus that closed as a school in 2003.
The district would like to trade the valuable site for commercial property that could be a source of income for its instructional program, said Superintendent Lean King.
But before any swap happens, the city would have to rezone the property and establish conditions that may limit what a developer could build, he said.
At a 10 a.m. Saturday public meeting at Paul Ecke-Central School, 185 Union St., district officials and consultants will present an advisory panel's suggestions, which include:
# rezoning the site for a project that includes single-family homes, town houses, offices and condominiums on top of offices;
# covering no more than half of the property with buildings;
# restricting buildings to two stories; and
# keeping the historical schoolhouse, and possibly moving it, so that it becomes a centerpiece of the project.
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It seems to me that if the city is hellbent on increasing our density then maybe we will need a school in the downtown Encinitas area. Why not make it a really cool pre-school or daycare or something? Or make it an adult education campus? Or an alternative school with woodshop, ceramics, welding and autoshop? It would be a great location for a skate park.
Okay, it's settled. Let's build a skate park.
***I didn't go to the meeting today. Did anyone mention turning the site into summer beach parking? Remember, parking was all a big drama last year with the 101 Mainstreet Assoc.