LAYTON -- The potential development of property where the North Layton Junior High School currently sits is part of a long-term economic development strategy for city planners, but an official for the Davis School District claims it would take some significant events to ever make that a reality.
Davis School District Planner Chase Rogers said city and district officials have talked about the NLJHS property, but he said the district would only be interested in making the move if someone were willing to pay for the cost of a new school, as part of any relocation plan.
"They've got to throw enough money at us so that we'd come out of it OK," Rogers said of the possibility.
Kent Andersen, an economic development specialist for the city, outlined a strategy to work on development along a key portion of Antelope Drive during a recent state of the city presentation addressing economic development.
Economic development specialists have targeted an area of the commerce district across the street from Target to the west as far as Kmart, which is on the west side of I-15. The junior high is located in the heart of that target area.
Andersen described the school as a poor location for a school, but a prime location for commercial development.
Chris Williams, community relations director for the district, said there are no discussions going on with the city about the property at the moment. He said district officials know the value of the land.
"We know it is prime real estate, especially with the development of commercial property to the south and to the east," Williams said.
Besides the potential costs, Williams said one of the challenges of the long-term possibility is finding another piece of property to relocate the school. He said the district's current bond includes no plans to find a piece of property in the area for any school relocation.
The district did sell a portion of land to the immediate east of the school, to serve as a retention pond, Williams said, but he said the DSD owns the remainder of the field adjacent to NLJHS.