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Renton School Board to consider land bids at next meeting

The Renton School Board will consider bids to sell two parcels of unused property near Hazelwood and Tiffany Park elementary schools at their May 22 meeting.

Developers and interested parties made initial bids on the properties late last year. Top bidders from that process were selected to continue in the bidding process and the School Board will consider selling the properties at the upcoming meeting.

The district has owned the 10 acres near Hazelwood Elementary School and about 20 acres near Tiffany Park Elementary School for decades. Both pieces of property are zoned for single-family residences. The areas present challenging issues that preclude the district from building a school on the land, a district release stated.

The issues are related to student growth, accessibility to major streets and traffic impacts.The school district held community meetings in November at the nearby schools and two formal School Board Public Hearings to discuss the plan to sell the properties with the community.

Once the winning bid is accepted by the School Board for each property, the district will work with the broker to finalize the sale. The cities of Newcastle and Renton will then work with the buyers on how the land is developed.

The money from the sale of the properties will go into the district's capital projects fund designated specifically for school construction and renovation.

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