Encinal Swim Center
City and schools leaders are set to consider a complex land and cash deal that will resolve a series of long-running disputes put resources into the hands of the agencies that can make the best use of them, staffers who drafted the agreements said.
The city, school district and Alameda Housing Authority are in the midst of negotiating a complex deal that could see the district winning funding to refurbish Encinal High School’s pools and a 20-acre plot at Alameda Point in exchange for title to its former Island High School site on Eagle Avenue and ownership of a waterfront site the city would like to develop.
The City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to extend its agreement to jointly use and operate the school district’s high school pools through September 2014 as council members sought to assure Alameda’s swimmers that they’re working to secure a long-term fix for the aging pools.
Members of the City Council agreed Tuesday to give the school district a $1.15 million loan to rehabilitate the Encinal Swim Center. But if schools leaders don’t agree to the terms of the loan in the next 30 days, the city could terminate its joint use of the district’s pools.
Fixing Encinal High School’s pools could cost more than $2.1 million, a newly released estimate shows – a bill that’s four times what city staffers thought needed fixes would cost and a few hundred thousand dollars less than building new pools from scratch.
Estimates obtained by the city put the cost of fixes for Encinal’s pools at $500,000 – about a quarter of the school district’s new estimate. But the city’s estimate doesn’t include fixes the school district would need to make the pools comply with county and state regulations, Alameda Unified’s chief business officer, Robert Shemwell, told the Board of Education at a meeting Tuesday night.