March 11th, 2011 | by BETH SLOVIC News | Posted In: Schools

Portland School District Pens New Contract to Evaluate Sale of Headquarters

BESCThe school district headquarters before a recent repair job. The school district hopes to repair several more buildings if voters approve a $548 million construction bond.

Portland Public Schools plans to ink its own contract to study the possible sale of the school district's headquarters, a site Mayor Sam Adams wants to consider for his massive Rose Quarter redevelopment plans.

On Monday night, the Portland School Board will consider that new $25,000 contract with Macadam Forbes, Inc., a commercial real estate firm, to evaluate "district options on selling or leasing" the Blanchard Education Service Center property and "surrounding parcels, and on possible relocation of any and/or all central office needs resulting from such lease or sale."

Meantime, as a story in The Oregonian yesterday notes, the Portland Development Commission already agreed in December to spend $66,400 to study the Blanchard site to decide whether moving the  district headquarters might be feasible. Adams would like to incorporate the district's land into his new vision for the Rose Quarter, which sits immediately to the south of the Blanchard building.

The daily reports:

"According to the December contract, a slew of work is supposed to be complete by Tuesday [March 15], including a final report, and 'all dates are firm and are subject to change only upon mutual written agreement between PDC Project Manager and Contractor.' But agency spokesman Shawn Uhlman says that timeline is not going to happen. Uhlman said work on the project is behind schedule and the contract is being updated with new timelines. Neither a draft nor final report is available, he said."

A spokesman for the school district was not immediately available to comment on the new contract's possible role in the delay. Update on Monday March 14: CJ Sylvester, chief operating officer at PPS, says the two contracts are separate and that PPS's new contract would complement not reproduce PDC's work.

 
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