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School district committee deems land surplus

Parcels could be sold or leased by district

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Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2012 11:38 am | Updated: 11:46 am, Thu Jun 28, 2012.

The Cabrillo Unified School District’s Capital Assets Committee unanimously has approved a report declaring that three parcels of district-owned land are surplus. The school board must now decide whether to sell or lease the land in the future.

Two parcels include a property bordered by Coral Reef and Sonora and Sevilla avenues. Harbour Drive, Coral Reef and Palm Beach Avenue border another. District offices and a bus parking lot occupy a third parcel on Kelly Avenue in Half Moon Bay.

The decision was made following a public hearing on June 21.

The move doesn’t necessarily mean the land use will change. It does mean, however, that as surplus, the land has the potential to be leased and sold by the district at a later date.

Legal counsel determined it would be three to six months at the earliest before any “real action” or development could occur.

A handful of people spoke up at the meeting. Some fear that property values will be effected if the ambiance of the open space and wetlands is disturbed, or that access to their subdivisions will be reduced.

“One of the concerns I had is that I know this land better than all of you put together — and that’s a problem,” said Leonard Woren, a member of the Granada Sanitary District board. “Anything that comes off (the El Granada) land will end up in the ocean… Any developer who buys it to develop it is a fool because it will be tied up for many years, and they’ll only be able to develop a small part of it.”

But the fate of the land is a discussion for another time.

“We’ve done our duty to call it surplus property,” Chairman Mike Battey said at the meeting’s conclusion.

Ultimately, any sale or lease of the land will be a school board decision.

Welcome to the discussion.

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