first_imgclick to enlarge Vancouver Public Schools announced Thursday that the proposed location of its downtown elementary school has moved — outside of the downtown core.The school district announced in a news release that it was now eyeing 1007 E. Mill Plain Blvd., the former site of the main Fort Vancouver Regional Library, for the kindergarten through fifth-grade campus. The district announced that it would also use the adjacent property, 1301 E. Mill Plain Blvd., which is owned by the city of Vancouver and has fields for recreational soccer, baseball and track. The campus, if built, would be across the street from Hudson’s Bay High School.“This new preferred location for the downtown elementary school offers many benefits for our students and staff members,” VPS Superintendent Steve Webb said in the news release.The district was initially planning to construct the campus at Library Square, the property at C Street and East Eighth Street immediately south of the Vancouver Community Library. Killian Pacific, which owns the property, had offered the district half the fair market value of the property to the district as a donation. Lance Killian, president of Killian Pacific, said the company has not rescinded that offer. Todd Horenstein, assistant superintendent of capital facilities planning for the district, echoed that the district’s relationship with the development company remains strong.Ultimately, he said, it came down to parking. The new location offers access to surface parking, a quality the Library Square property did not have.last_img

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