District eyes land for maintenance facility
LAND O' LAKES - Land that once was home to a horse veterinary clinic near Dade City could become an eastside maintenance facility for the Pasco County school district. The school board approved the $265,000 purchase Tuesday of 10.5 acres on Handcart Road, although the deal is still pending an appraisal to show that the land is worth at least that much or more. The anticipated closing date is April 5. The land, which includes a small office building and barns, is adjacent to a 123-acre plot the school district already owns on Handcart Road. That land is slated to be the site of a future high school.The seller is CenterState Bank of Florida. Usually, the school board doesn't approve a contract until after the appraisal is completed, but the property is in foreclosure and the district wanted to lock in the purchase to prevent the land from being sold before the appraisal was completed, a district memorandum said. The district's maintenance department is headquartered in the Moon Lake area in West Pasco, but the district needs of an eastside facility to house a small crew and store equipment and supplies, the memo said. No timetable is set for construction of the new high school, but when it happens the additional property could be used for an agricultural or veterinary technician program, said Chris Williams, the district's planning director.
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