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Nonprofit places bid for the purchase of Pacific View site

ENCINITAS — Art Pulse has submitted a bid to purchase the Pacific View Elementary School property at 608 Third St., and develop it as a community arts center with the help of the San Diego father-and-son, architect artist team of James and Drew Hubbell.

Art Pulse is one of the bidders to purchase the Pacific View site in Encinitas. Art Pulse plans to develop the site into a community arts center. Photo by Tony Cagala

Board recommendation of finalists was scheduled for Jan. 27, with interviews taking place on or before Feb. 14, the date the board is authorized to begin negotiating an agreement.

“The people of Encinitas are passionate, smart, and engaged,” said April Game, Art Pulse executive director. “They know what they want and they genuinely care about their heritage and the future of this site. But in the end the decision lies with the school board and the superintendent. They have a responsibility to do what is best for the district, and I know they want to do what’s best for the city as well. We are grateful to be considered. I know this will be a difficult decision for them.”

Art Pulse, a nonprofit art service organization, has been working to form a regional arts council. If successful, Art Pulse would leave its gallery and office space at Liberty Station in Point Loma and move to Encinitas, which could make the arts center the home of the county arts council.

“Working with April Game and Art Pulse aligns with our mission of exploring our humanity through art, nature, beauty, and our relationship with community,” said Drew Hubbell in a statement.
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