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Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 8:43 am, Tue May 7, 2013.

COEUR d'ALENE - A new option has emerged in the ongoing discussion about where North Idaho College should expand its professional technical education program. Representatives from Jacklin Land Company, Tom Stoeser and Bruce Cyr, gave a presentation Monday at a community forum hosted by the college, the third in a series of forums NIC has held to gauge public opinion on its technical education expansion.

The Jacklin representatives offered a plan for NIC to acquire the Jacklin Seed property, available because Jacklin Seed's parent company, J.R. Simplot, decided earlier this year to shut down the Post Falls facility.

"RGU contacted us about the potential of converting the Jacklin Seed Company site into North Idaho College's professional technical campus," Stoeser said.

RGU is the architecture and planning company that completed a comprehensive feasibility study for NIC, considering several locations for the professional technical program's expansion. Much of the debate, until now, has been centered on whether to situate the program on the former mill site property adjacent to NIC's main campus, or at KTEC (Kootenai Technical Education Campus), near the new PTE high school on the Rathdrum Prairie.

Jacklin Land Company is offering NIC a 10-year lease-purchase deal for the property on the I-90 corridor. It includes 14 acres, 240 paved parking spaces, and an existing building with 170,000 square feet of open space in which to develop programs.

Stoeser and Cyr said the cost would be half that of the other site options being considered under the RGU study, and students could be in the building sometime this year. The cost to the college, including the build out to accommodate the 10-year needs of NIC, would be about $33 million, they said.

"We think that you can do this without a bond, and the other sites are going to need a bond or some other financing mechanism," Stoeser said.

He said NIC has $6.4 million in reserve for capital projects and it generates another $2.4 million per year for capital expenses in its budget. The plan will still leave a $3.3 million shortfall, but he said Jacklin would work with NIC to help it come up with the money.

Several Post Falls elected officials and Shelly Enderud, the city's administrator, spoke to the NIC trustees present - Ken Howard and Todd Banducci.

"The Jacklins are open to anything you suggest. The city is wide open to supporting the Jacklins ... At the end of the day, please give Post Falls a most serious, top-level consideration," said Post Falls Mayor Clay Larkin.

Enderud said that if the Jacklins brought an offer like this to the city, she would be "sitting up and listening."

"I don't think you're going to get a bond in this economy for $30 million with 66 and two-thirds of the vote," Enderud said.

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  • idahoguy posted at 7:57 pm on Tue, May 7, 2013.

    idahoguy Posts: 932

    Converting the old Outlet Mall makes more sense. It has divided buildings. food services, parking, rest rooms and just about everything. Go figure... Jacklin is just trying to off their losses on to the tax payers...again.

  • bullrep posted at 6:54 pm on Tue, May 7, 2013.

    bullrep Posts: 14

    Let's see WhitePine. Do you want a long term solution or a short term fix? Education Corridor is 17 acres, congested and land locked; Jacklin site is 10 acres + a building that is over 20 years old. What is its' life expectancy? Or the Prairie site which is 38 acres.

    I know what I'd choose.

  • WhitePine posted at 4:11 pm on Tue, May 7, 2013.

    WhitePine Posts: 137

    Building the facility at KTEC will cost more, require the college to spend millions a year to provide student services at the site and is not supported by the current students. It should be off the table.

  • heatherfeather posted at 8:37 am on Tue, May 7, 2013.

    heatherfeather Posts: 297

    Good plan. With the new interchange, that point along the river west of the Jacklin property is going to be an upscale neighborhood. Locating a school there would be apropos. Now if they could just do something about that outlet mall...

  • straight up posted at 6:54 am on Tue, May 7, 2013.

    straight up Posts: 929

    This proposal which seems to have a lot of merit would cut LCDC out of the picture.

    Therefore, I am afraind that it is doomed to failure.

  • Why Not posted at 5:50 am on Tue, May 7, 2013.

    Why Not Posts: 4138

    While the cost of a lease purchase is not clear from this article, such an agreement is has a lot of merit. There is a significant need for advanced trade certification and degree programs in this community. This is an NIC concept is one that will pay for itself quickly and the Jacklin option could be very interesting.

  • voxpop posted at 5:02 am on Tue, May 7, 2013.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    This is exactly what happens when you let the business special interest camel's nose in the tent. They immediately start figuring ways to beat the system so a bond won't be required. The costs will still all be there but those paying the bills won't get a voice. NIC is off the rails when it comes to spending other people's money so maybe the KCRR could focus on them instead of KMC.

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