Here's an item of interest from the Magnolia Voice blog about the closed Magnolia School. On Saturday evening SPD officers were called in to search the building for squatters. There were also SPS security personnel involved. They found 3 squatters. From the blog;
Officers on the scene said that squatters hide in the building as well as the overgrown bushes and it’s a drain on resources for SPD to keep up with the abandoned property.
Brad (a Magnolia reader)says: “My concern, like many residents living around the school is Seattle Public schools doesn’t have any money to adequately keep up the property and deter crime, let alone do anything major with it. It’s time for them to sell and let someone develop it or turn it into parks. The view would bring a substantial price. Most important, this place needs to go. The safety factor alone for nearby families is an issue in our community.”
The school has been vacant for years. Last June we reported that several people broke into the school.
What is interesting is the comments have two views: sell it or keep it up. If you sell it (apparently there are great views), the district would get a good price but lose the land (which they could never afford to buy again). Is it conceivable that the district would need to open a new elementary in Magnolia? Probably not.
But, clearly, the district isn't able to keep up the building so it doesn't look abandoned. The SPD has issues trying to keep people out and we all know the district doesn't even maintain open buildings well so how can they keep up the closed ones?
Again, this issue of taking care of facilities is going to keep coming and coming. They can do maintenance "lite" but that's no help to closed buildings or the neighborhoods that surround them.