Steilacoom Historical School District property includes administration buildinmg at left, the bus barn and related field in foreground and the former Pioneer Middle Scxhool (tallest roof) and ball field at rear and right.
The Steilacoom Historical School District has indicated an interest in acquiring the former Abitibi-Consolidated paper mill in Steilacoom. The shuttered paper mill located at Chambers Bay has been for sale for several years with a reported $6 million asking price for the 83-acre property. (The News Tribune also ran a story on the topic. Click here to read Brent Champaco’s story from January 25.)
According to school district officials, the property, which abuts Steilacoom High School, would be purchased with bond funds that were approved in 2005 but unspent since projects came in under budget.
School board president Al Lawrence said they only need about 10 of the 83 acres for a new administrative office and bus barn. The remainer of the property could probably be resold for development.
Opposition to the idea has surfaced from Mayor Ron Lucas who expressed concerns about the loss of potential taxes since a school district wouldn‚Äôt pay any tax. Some community residents said the bond money should be used to continue improving existing school buildings.
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Abitibi – Consolidated paper mill at Chambers Bay has been closed for a number of years. Steilacoom High School is located on top of the hill above the mill.