City Council has no problem with deal to move West Center

       Without argument from members or citizens at its meeting May 12, Colorado Springs City Council approved the deal to relocate the West Intergenerational Center to the Buena Vista school site.
       The approval sets the stage for a transfer of title, in which School District 11 will give the city ownership of the 2.8-acre Buena Vista property and buildings at 1620 W. Bijou St.
       No longer planning to run an elementary school there after this year, the district offered it to the city for the community center so as to free up space for the new Westside Elementary that will use part of the West Middle School building in 2009-10.
       The city is not paying for the property. The deal includes a $225,000 payment from the district to the city to cover anticipated building upgrades as well as warranties of one year or more. The city had been leasing its space inside West under an agreement requiring that District 11 find comparable replacement space if an eviction ever was necessary.
       The center plans to headquarter in the one-story, westernmost building at Buena Vista, which has 13,000 square feet, including classrooms and the gym.
       The D-11 Board of Education also approved the transfer at its May 6 meeting. The schedule now calls for the city and district to close on the deal May 25, with the center to relocate after June 1.

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