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November 3, 2010

City, school to swap properties

ENID — Enid city commissioners approved a memorandum of intent Tuesday to transfer property to Enid Public Schools for the location of the new Garfield Elementary School.

Enid Superintendent Shawn Hime told commissioners the city agreed to transfer the Gore Park property and the National Guard armory site on East Elm to the district for the school.

The National Guard is moving to a new Armed Forces Reserve Center being built at Vance Air Force Base.

When the Oklahoma Military Department transfers its armory property title, the city will give the property and property immediately south of D. Bruce Selby Stadium to Enid Public Schools. In return, the school district would transfer Lot 10 of Lahoma Addition, an acreage behind the fire station on West Garriott near the intersection with Cleveland, to the city of Enid. The school district also would pay the cost of demolishing the armory.

The splash pad erected by the city at Gore Park would be moved, and the school district has agreed to pay those costs, too. No decision has been made on where to relocate the splash pad, although three locations are being considered.

Hime and Ward 2 Commissioner Don Rose discussed making part of the property near Selby Stadium fit in with the city trail system, and Hime agreed it was a good idea.

Hime presented a layout of the new school and how it will fit on the armory property, where parking would be and where the playground area would be located. He said EPS will close on property proposed for the new west side Prairie View Elementary School Wednesday and hopes the city and schools could work together to establish some park projects in that area at Garland and Randolph.

“We would like to work with the city on some projects in the area that will benefit both the city and schools,” Hime said.

Shirley Marquardt spoke against demolition of the armory. Marquardt, a preservationist, said several Enid places that were on the National Register of Historic Places already have been destroyed, and she asked for the remainder of them to be restored.

The commission approved the memorandum of agreement unanimously.

Bids for demolition of Convention Hall were rejected by commissioners. The bids ranged from a low of $120,000 to a high of $696,800.

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