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Western Gateway in talks to buy old Pleasant Valley Elementary School

The Western Gateway Recreation and Park District is in negotiations with the Penn Valley Union Elementary School District to buy the old Pleasant Valley Elementary School, officials with both groups said.

Both sides met Monday for the first time to discuss the possible sale, and officials hope a formal appraisal of the property, just over 17 acres, is ready by Friday.

"It's a very rare piece of property," said Cliff Bryant, vice chairman of the park district's board. "We think that would fit perfectly with the community's plans."

Both Bryant and Torie England, the school district's supervisor, said initial estimates put the property between $1.2 million and $1.5 million.

"It's very, very preliminary," England said of the price range.

The issue could reach the school board at its Nov. 8 meeting, if the appraisal is done by 5 p.m. Friday. If not, the board likely would discuss it at its December meeting, England said.

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Public hearings will occur about the proposed sale, though they are months away.

The park district was one of a handful of agencies that received formal notice that the surplus property was for sale. The board in September unanimously opted to pursue the purchase, Bryant said.

According to Bryant, the property would serve as a "north campus complex," providing baseball and soccer fields outdoors along with space indoors for a possible theater, gym and library expansion.

"We want to utilize this school," he said.

If an agreement is reached, and the school board approves the sale, the funds would go to the school district's general fund. No agreement would lead the school district to notify the next group of possible buyers, England said.

"It's really up to the board to which direction we go, but our goal is to get fair market value for the property," she added.

The property, at 14685 Pleasant Valley Road, was gifted in 1970 to the school district. At the time it had no buildings or structures on it, England said.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.

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