4J’s superintendent made the recommendation Monday to sell the stadium to the city instead of the YMCA or Fred Meyer.
While this is just a recommendation, 4J Superintendent Sheldon Berman says he wants the district to sell the stadium to the city for a few reasons.
He says he saw the city’s offer as the best option because out of all the proposals, the sale to the city would go through the quickest since the city is planning on purchasing the stadium within nine months.
Berman says there are some added stipulations in his recommendation, which include provisions on the use of the property. He says if the city were to sell it to an outside company, 4J would be included in the process because it does not want certain types of businesses close to South Eugene High School.
The recommendation also says if the city were to sell the stadium, 4J would get a portion of the sale. Berman says the school district isn’t in the best financial situation right now, which is why it wants this sale to go through.
“Although the Fred Meyer offer has more funding, the Y has other benefits. We feel like this is a productive time to really resolve this quickly and move on,” Berman said.
This is just a recommendation. The school board will have the final say in who it will sell Civic Stadium to.
The school board will discuss the future of Civic Stadium Wednesday, Feb. 5 at its meeting. It will then make its decision on which bid to accept at its meeting on Feb. 19.