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Encinitas To Spend $10 Million To Keep Coastal Property Public

Above: Ten years after it closed in 2003, Pacific View Elementary in Encinitas is still vacant.

Aired 4/3/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Tony Kranz, member, Encinitas City Council


There is a nice piece of property sitting just one home away from oceanfront bluffs in Encinitas. It's public land, owned by the Encinitas Union School District and site of the former Pacific View Elementary school. For the past 10 years it has been used as a storage facility and — after years of negotiating — the land has been finally sold.

The Encinitas City Council voted recently to buy the school site for $10 million to prevent a prime piece of public land from falling into private developers hands.

City Councilman Tony Kranz said the decision to buy the school site was important to him in part because of the historical significance. Kranz said a one-room schoolhouse was built there by the founders of Encinitas.

When you look back at the people who made this place possible, Kranz said, they all saw it as a public place.

He said the City Council is working on the terms of the deal with the school district to ensure the site will remain a public space.

As for how the city determines what the site will become, Kranz said community meetings will be held.

"An art center gets talked about most of all," Kranz said.

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pstobias | April 3, 2014 at 12:45 p.m. ― 2 years, 12 months ago

It is great that the site will now be used for public benefit rather than for residential development. It is probably the only bluff front site left in Encinitas of any size. I do worry that any part of Encinitas east of I-5 seems to be getting nothing from the public till; west of I-5 we have city hall, the library, the new sports park, and now the Pacific View school site. East of I-5 they have Home Depot, Target, and Walmart. Since I live within walking distance of the Pacific View site, I will happily benefit, but fairness means that there is a large debt being built up.

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DG | April 3, 2014 at 1 p.m. ― 2 years, 12 months ago

This looks very much like a win-win situation to me. School or city, it's public money going from one pocket to another to be spent for the public's benefit. The schools could certainly use the money and the city and region can use an ocean view site that's open to the public. What's not to like about that?

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JeanMarc | April 3, 2014 at 3:38 p.m. ― 2 years, 12 months ago

Art center? Make it a park!

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