Northwest NEWS

February 11, 2002



City is official owner of C.O. Sorenson Elementary School

WOODINVILLE - Woodinville takes possession of the C.O. Sorenson Elementary School from the Northshore School District Feb. 13. This is the final transaction of a 1999 two-phased purchase agreement between the school district and the city. The city will continue to operate a limited slate of community services from the Sorenson site. School district programs on this site have been relocated adjacent to Westhill Elementary School in Bothell (See page 3), and the district will lease storage space from the city for the next two years. Under a separate agreement, the Northshore YMCA will continue operating the warm water pool.
   "Now that the purchase is complete, the city looks forward to the second phase of the Civic Center Master Plan which will determine what community services should be offered from the existing buildings, and from this site at build-out," notes Mayor Scott Hagerman. Phase I of the Master Plan, adopted last year, charts the physical layout of the 10-acre civic campus site including ball fields, a community recreation center, restoration of the Old Woodinville School House, additional parking for Wilmot Gateway Park, landscaping and open plazas and a possible future pool and theater.
   "The City Council encourages community input on determining the future of the civic campus," adds Hageman.
   In September 1999, the City Council and School District Board of Directors approved the purchase agreement for the Sorenson complex, which is comprised, of the C.O. Sorenson Elementary School, the Old School House (Annex) and ball fields located west of the school buildings. Phase I of the agreement includes the purchase of the Old Woodinville School (former City Hall) and ball fields. Phase II includes the purchase of the elementary school. The City used existing cash reserves to fund the total purchase price of $6,460.000, which was made affordable by a payment arrangement spanning four budget years.
   Comments and questions regarding the Civic Center Master Plan can be directed to Lane Youngblood, Parks & Recreation Director at (425) 489-2700, Ext. 2286.