July 15, 2014 9:34 pm

WATCH: Deal to preserve Salmon Arm property for public use

SALMON ARM – The City of Salmon Arm and the local school district have reached a deal that will see the city buy part of the old J.L. Jackson property.

Under the agreement, worth around $1.5-million, the city will purchase just over 5 acres of land on the site near the downtown core of Salmon Arm.

“To be able to save this piece of property for the public is amazing. We are really happy about it,” says Salmon Arm Mayor Nancy Cooper.

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The unique deal will see the city pay $500-thousand in cash and spend around $1-million dollars on upgrades around the rest of the property still owned by the school district.

The junior high school on the property closed over a decade ago and was torn down.

The school district has tried to lease or sell the land, one proposal would have seen the land leased for a large commercial development.

“The council of the day turned it down because there were just so many members of the public [that] came out and said ‘you know don’t do that we don’t want to see that on that piece of property,’” says Cooper.

The school district plans to build a new board office on the part of the property that they still own.

The city’s new property will be used for soccer.

Cooper leaving the door open to building a performing arts center or an indoor soccer facility and running track on the site in the future.

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