West Seattle Blog editor, Tracy Record, has discovered that it appears Green Dot is trying to remodel a church building in the Roxbury area of West Seattle.
Reviewing city permit application files today, we discovered a
just-filed early-stage proposal to remodel and add to what is currently
the Jesus Center/Freedom Church building at 35th/Roxbury, in the name of Los Angeles-based Pacific Charter School Development.
The one document publicly visible in the Department of Planning and Development system so far, dated December 31st, is a roughed-out site plan, showing the addition primarily along the Roxbury side of the 2 1/3-acre site.
I note that the Pacific Charter School Development is a capital building/renovation group funded by the Gates Foundation, the NewSchools Venture Fund, Broad Foundation, Walton Foundation - in short, ALL the usual suspects. It's based on this:
These organizations support PCSD’s adherence to the “triple bottom line” philosophy embraced by some of today’s most creative and result-focused philanthropists: green, sustainable financially, and incorporating the highest possible social return on their invested dollars.
Green Dot is planning to open multiple schools over the next few years
and Pacific has partnered with Green Dot to build several of these
facilities. For more information, visit www.greendot.org.
The CEO of Pacific, John Sun, has this on his Linked-In page:
• Oversee facilities development in Los Angeles, Boston, Memphis, and Seattle/Tacoma
• Established Seattle office to serve the Washington State charter school sector
• Build relationships with public charter school leaders to support their facilities needs
• Develop partnerships with local elected officials, school district leadership and other key stakeholders
• Defined PCSD growth strategy that will increase public charter
schools’ ability to access public bond funding, allow PCSD to serve new
geographies and increase PCSD revenues
For a Green Dot school in Tacoma they have leased a former elementary, John R. Rogers Elementary from "a PCSD subsidiary" which is then subleasing to Green Dot Washington.
I have a call into The Jesus Center as they seem to still be an active church with fitness center.