On Monday, June 3, 2019 the Rochester Public School District, its consultants, and the City's Community Development Department presented information on the proposed southwest middle school land acquisition during a City Council Study Session.
The full presentation is available on the City of Rochester's website.
The purpose of the meeting was to provide an overview of the pre-referendum process the District utilized, including the data used, as well as to gain a sense of support for the current planning of a middle school to open in 2022 on the proposed property near Hart Farm neighborhood. The District has a long-standing, collaborative partnership with the City of Rochester, including a positive relationship with the Public Works and Parks and Recreation Departments, and Rochester Police Department. We respect the process that the City utilized to develop the Planning 2 Succeed (P2S) Rochester Comprehensive Plan. We also appreciate the flexibility within the plan to consider a collaboration with the City to acquire a site that works well for the community and addresses the District’s current and critical needs.
On June 4, 2019, one day following the City Council Study Session, the District asked the School Board to extend the due diligence period of the purchase agreement to an additional 60-days until August 16, 2019. During this 60-day period, additional due diligence activities related to a transportation study requested by the City and the County will be completed to determine the potential costs for the District’s share of road improvements and utility extensions.
The School Board approved a resolution on June 4, 2019, to extend the due diligence period of a previously approved purchase agreement with Jarris, LLC.
About the Purchase Agreement:
On March 19, 2019, the School Board approved a purchase agreement with Jarris, LLC for the purchase of 150-acres of land located on 40th Street SW. The purpose of the land purchase is to construct a new middle school if question one of the referendum is approved on November 5, 2019. If the referendum is not approved, the District has the right to cancel the purchase agreement and receive its earnest money back.
In the original purchase agreement, there was a 90-day due diligence period for the District to satisfy regarding the feasibility and suitability of the land for the District’s purposes. The 90-day due diligence period ends on June 17, 2019.