The future of a proposed new "Palo Alto Campus" for Foothill-De Anza Community College District will be discussed at a three-way meeting of the entities involved on June 16: the Palo Alto Unified School District, the City of Palo Alto and Foothill-De Anza officials.
The joint meeting will determine if there is sufficient interest in -- or too many barriers to -- proceeding with negotiations relating to sale or long-term lease of a portion of the Cubberley Community Center site on Middlefield Road.
The meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road.
In 2008, Foothill-De Anza officials proposed buying 8 acres of the 34-acre site of the form to build a modern building within the aging Cubberley complex. The former high school site is under a long-term lease by the school district to the city, which subleases space to community-based organizations and artists. The lease provides several million dollars a year to the school district.
But the college district backed off after several City Council members said they would only consider a long-term lease, not a sale. College officials said they would look at other sites for an expanded new campus.
Yet last March they reopened discussions with hints that a lease might be possible if it's long-term enough, and they said that changed financial conditions may require a phased redevelopment of the Foothill-De Anza portion of the Cubberley site.
Mayor Pat Burt told the Weekly this week that there are many questions that all representatives have about the possibilities
He said he personally feels that keeping a close alliance with the college district potentially could be of strong benefit to students in Palo Alto high schools, some of whom already attend a "Middle College" run by the college district, where they get college credit for some classes.
"I'm impressed with the vision" of the proposed new campus and some of the ideas for joint curricula, he said.
School district officials may hold the key to whether a sale or long-term lease is possible.