Highline Public Schools announces two property sales in progress or completed, plus one purchase of property adjacent to the Central Office. The new purchase will expand the parking area for meetings and professional development and consolidate storage space in the former bowling alley building.
Highline Public Schools is purchasing the HiLine Lanes bowling alley property adjacent to the district central office. The opportunity to make this purchase came up as the owners prepared to retire and sell the property.
The funds to purchase the property are coming from the sale of surplus properties owned by the district, as suggested by the community-led Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC). By law, the proceeds from these sales must go into the district capital fund. The funds cannot be placed in Highline’s general fund to pay for operating expenses or educational purposes.
The property sales in progress or completed are:
Burien Heights site—1210 SW 136th St, Burien
This property was on a long-term lease to Navos and has now been sold to Navos.
Maywood site—1410 S 200th St, SeaTac
A school can no longer be sited at this site due to its proximity to the airport runway and current zoning. The City of SeaTac has zoned this area for commercial use.
The district will be able to consolidate several operations functions in a more efficient space at the bowling alley property:
Science kits and curriculum review and replacement space at the Maywood site may be moved to the bowling alley building.
Items stored at multiple school sites and rented space may be moved to the bowling alley building once it is converted to storage space.
This will free up space at the old Beverly Park site (11427 3rd Avenue South) for a robotics and STEM center at that location.
Highline’s Chief of Operations Scott Logan said that the district office does not have adequate parking for large public meetings and professional development sessions. The additional parking space of the former bowling alley parking lot will accommodate all users for district meetings and professional development.
“The bowling alley owners graciously allowed our visitors to use part of their parking lot, but a new owner might not have continued that practice,” said Logan. “Owning the adjacent property is a great opportunity to consolidate and create a larger property that will be of greater value to the district financially as well as functionally.”