By Karen Billing
The Del Mar Union School District Board of Trustees is moving ahead on its checklist of district priorities. After purchasing a new district office in December, the board voted in closed session on Wednesday, Jan. 19, to continue pursuing a purchase agreement on a new maintenance and operations facility.
The district signed a letter of intent for the maintenance and operations building, located at 11189 Sorrento Valley Road, on Jan. 11. If both sides sign purchase agreements, the district will enter a 30-day due diligence escrow on the property.
During open session at the Jan. 19 meeting, the board approved contracts for tenant improvement on the new district office building (on El Camino Real) to ready it for the district’s move-in. A second floor tenant will remain until 2013, paying $216,000 a year in rent directly to the district.
“If everything goes as planned we will have purchased a district office building, a maintenance and operations building, done the tenant improvements, have income coming in, and still have money to burn in our budget,” board member Doug Rafner said.
DIstrict superintendent Jim Peabody said yes, all of that could be accomplished with about $1.8 million left from the $8.5 million sale of the Shores property. That money will then be available to do capital improvement projects on district schools.
The Sorrento Valley Road building is two units, one about 3,800 square feet and one 6,000 square feet.
“There’s ample room and maybe even enough to include a place to have coffee,” Peabody said.
The district plans to have tenant improvements on the district office building on El Camino Real complete by July, which will require staying an extra two months at the Del Mar Shores property.
Rent will be $4,768 per month for May and June on the main offices and $5,800 a month for the two trailers—a total of $15,336.
Peabody said he plans to meet with the Del Mar city manager about extending the lease for those two months at the current rate, which is about half the cost.
Tenant improvements on the maintenance and operations building, should the sale be finalized, will be minimal, Peabody said. Plans will include adding a few walls and a rolling door.
The district advertised for architects and contractors on the district office tenant improvements and
Peabody said he received a “robust” response. For the architecture, the district selected San Diego Office Interiors, which worked with them previously in doing the space planning for the El Camino Real property.
Barnhart Balfour Beatty, who last summer built the Ocean Air childcare facility, was selected as the construction company.