Port Angeles School Board agrees to Fairview property sale

By Arwyn Rice
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles School Board has agreed to sell the property that once was the site of Fairview Elementary School.

The board unanimously approved Thursday night an intent to sell the 9.48 acres at 166 Lake Farm Road to Kurt Jafay of Sequim for $814,000.

Fairview Elementary was closed in 2007 because of declining enrollment.

A public hearing for comment on the proposed sale is set from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 22 at the Port Angeles High School library, 304 E. Park Ave. A regular board meeting will follow the comment period.

Jafay made the offer April 24 for the property, which includes a building, parking, playfields and a pond.

Jafay has not announced what he intends to do with the property or whether he is making the offer for himself or on behalf of a client buyer.

James Alcaraz of Torres Real Estate in Sequim said that at this point the intended use of the property would put it back on the county's tax rolls. Public or non-profit-owned property is exempt from property taxes.

The sale now will progress into the legal real estate process, which includes a 45-day hold for public property sales and 180 days for the buyer to complete the process of making sure the property has no unexpected problems, such as a failing septic system or zoning problems, said Kelly Pearson, district director of operations and finance.

As long as the process is not derailed by unexpected discoveries during the waiting period, the latest the sale would close would be in December, Pearson said.

Questions about the sale can be directed to Superintendent Jane Pryne, Port Angeles School District, 216 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles, WA 98362.
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Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5070, or at arwyn.rice@peninsuladailynews.com.

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