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September 6, 2018

This summer, the Davidson Board of Commissioners directed staff to pursue the purchase of the site of the former IB school. At its August 14 meeting, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education declared its intent to sell the parcel located at 251 South Street to the Town of Davidson, contingent upon the county declining its statutory right of first refusal. On September 5, the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners voted to decline its first right of refusal enabling CMS to proceed with selling the property to the Town of Davidson for $2,460,000. The next steps are for staff to perform a “due diligence” process on the purchase for the next 60 days. In that time, we will complete a site survey and a Phase 1 environmental study. We anticipate the use of installment financing at the closing in early December. The Davidson Board of Commissioners believe that it is important to purchase this site so it remains in town control in perpetuity. It offers 33,500 square feet of space to cover public facilities space needs. In addition to the historic school building, this site offers a gymnasium, fields, and parking. The Davidson Board of Commissioners need to decide how we should use that property – should we renovate the school for town offices and community space or master plan the buildings and entire five acres. Stay tuned for public engagement opportunities because we’ll need further input from our citizens.