Thanks to CDNews member Truman who sent us the details on last night’s school board vote on the fate of the old MLK school property in Madison Valley.
The board voted 5-2 to approve the sale to First AME church, which will use it to run a new series of social services to help children, veterans, and others.
Directors Martin-Morris and Smith-Blum voted against the measure after their amendments were voted down by the rest of the board. Smith-Blum was in favor of further studies to determine whether the district should keep the property, and Martin-Morris was in favor of selling the property to [email protected], a group of Madison Valley residents who wanted to use the property for a community center.
Adrienne Bailey, President of [email protected] issued a brief statement following the vote. “Obviously we wanted a different outcome, with a decision ensuring a community center of, by and for the community. The property covenant ensures some community use of the property, but we want to make sure the community has input into the programming at the space.”
First AME now has 60 days to prepare title paperwork, inspect the building, and gather the $2.4 million in funds to purchase the building. The majority of that amount will be provided by the State of Washington, which has set aside capital funds to allow community groups to purchase abandoned school buildings.