Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Ukiah Unified Trustees Declare Intent to Sell Redwood Valley Elementary School Property

The following is a press release issued by the Ukiah Unified School District:

[Stock image by Matt LaFever]

Ukiah Unified Trustees unanimously voted to approve Resolution 30 2022-23 at their meeting on June 13, 2023, declaring their intent to sell the Redwood Valley Elementary School (RVES) property. The property totals approximately 12.4 acres and is located at 700 School Street, which is in an unincorporated area of Mendocino County, Assessor’s Parcel Numbers 163-060-15 and 163-060-35.

Approval of this resolution put the property up for sale through a two-phased bidding process. The minimum bid must be at least $900,000. Sealed bids must be submitted prior to the Board’s next regularly-scheduled meeting on Thursday, August 10th, 2023, and will be opened during the public portion of the meeting. At that point, interested parties may bid on the property during the Board meeting, whether or not they submitted a written bid. Any subsequent bids must be at least 5% higher than the highest bid, and if no bids have been received, must be at least $900,000.

After the formation of a 7-11 Committee and a series of public meetings, the District accepted the 7-11 Committee’s recommendation to close RVES at the end of the 2009-10 school year on February 9, 2010. A second 7-11 Committee was formed in 2016, and after another series of public meetings, the Committee ultimately recommended to the Board on December 14, 2017, that the property should be declared surplus. The Board accepted this recommendation. Between December 2017 and April 2020, a variety of transactions were explored, and community input was sought. In April 2020, the Board directed Ukiah Unified Administration to enter into a property exchange agreement with GMB Realty. This exchange agreement expired in June 2022.

Given legislative amendments that were enacted after the Board’s December 14, 2017, surplus declaration, the Board approved Resolution No. 6, 2022-23, declaring the RVES “Exempt Surplus Land” and directing staff to proceed with statutory offers on October 13, 2022. Based on this resolution, Ukiah Unified offered the property for sale or lease to certain public agencies, such as city and county parks and recreation entities, as well as to additional public agencies, such as the Department of General Services, California universities, and the city and county in which the surplus property is located. Ukiah Unified was not able to sell or lease the property to any of these entities during this process. 

Follow this link to view Resolution 30 2022-23, the requirements to bid on the property, and supporting documents. https://www.uusd.net/apps/pages/RVES 

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If you have questions about the property or the process, please contact Ukiah Unified Communications Officer Doug Shald at 707-472-5005 or dshald@uusd.net

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I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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