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October 17, 2019

10/3/2019 2:08:00 PM
Gaughan Companies pitches selling points for old Lakeside school site

The Chisago Lakes School Board heard from Gaughan Properties at the monthly school board meeting  Thursday, September 26.

The company was pitching plans to sell the old Lakeside property, an 8.74 acre parcel with 1,000 feet of lakeshore on Green Lake. The district has already heard plans from local brokers Greg Shaleen and George Novak.

The district is hoping to bring in an outside entity to sell the unique parcel.

The site is essentially a gateway to the Chisago Lakes area, and is currently zoned for public (school) use. The district cannot sell the lots as residential, as zoning is up to Chisago City.

Gaughan Properties was represented by Dan Hebert, who noted what the Forest Lake-based company can do as far as marketing the propery and connecting with the right channels.

Hebert laid out three hypothetical scenarios for the school board in his pitch. They included not setting a hard price, but making it a “negoitable” deal, which would bring offers to the table. He also said they could set it at a higher mark, hypothetically a $1.5 million price tag. But, Hebert cautioned that could lead to a stale market that ends up with the district dropping the price anyway. His third option was to set the property at an affordable price, again throwing out a hypothetical number of $990,000, and hoping to create competition between bidders that would potentially drive the price up.

Board member Lori Berg questioned both of those hypothetical numbers, saying she thought even the $1.5 million seemed low when she sees open lake lots going for high prices right now.

Hebert explained that it’s such a unique site and there’s hurdles to go through to develop the property, saying he was under the impression that cutting it into multiple single family home sites wasn’t on the table. He said it’s not as simple as just comparing the large site to a single family plot.

Speaking of the Lakeside site, asbestos abatement was completed recently by VCI Environmental, and the district is opening bids for the demolition process. The sealed bid process will conclude on Thursday, October 17 at 2 p.m. The district will be looking for low bid at that time, and will want the first phase of demo done by November 27, with site restoration completed by May 29, 2020.

The project will include demo of the building, removal of pavement and removal and capping of all utilities.

The walkthrough for potential bidders will be on Tuesday, October 8 at 10 a.m.

2020 Levy
Director of Business Services Doug Hasler proposed approving the tax levy for $11,028, 769, or a 5.09 percent increase from the 2018-19 school year. This was approved.

The district also accepted the snow removal bid from J&H Services in the amount of $62,500. They received  one other bid, and J&H’s was lower,plus the board said they are happy with the service J&H has provided for numerous years. The company also handles the schools’ lawncare.

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