GLENDALE - A developer's offer to purchase Nicolet High School's upper field property has fallen through, but it appears another developer is interested in purchasing the property.
In May 2016, the Nicolet School Board accepted one of several offers on the 6-acre field between I-43 and Port Washington Road just south of Pick 'n Save, 6969 N. Port Washington Road. The prospective buyer and sale amount were not disclosed at the time, but Superintendent Robert Kobylski said the sale would provide enough money to build 12 new tennis courts, renovate the football field, resurface the track and build locker rooms at the new Richard E. Maslowski Glendale Community Park complex under construction at 2200 W. Bender Road.
At the time the school board voted to accept the offer, Kobylski said he would not announce the buyer or sale price until the deal closed on March 15. The developer, however, decided in February to exercise a contract contingency and terminate the sale.
In a statement posted on the Nicolet website dated April 10, district officials said the potential buyer wanted to redevelop the field for commercial uses. The sale contract offered the developer a "specified diligence period to investigate the site to confirm its suitability for the intended project, and to navigate the important but time-consuming municipal planning and approval process," according to the district's statement.
"The Upper Campus parcel remains a substantial asset for the District and a key element of the facilities redevelopment plan for which the Nicolet community has expressed its support. The Board remains committed to this plan," the statement reads. "With that in mind, the District continues to explore opportunities for sale and development of the Upper Campus parcel."
The statement also claims the interested developer made considerable progress in the municipal approval process, but no rezoning applications have been filed at Glendale City Hall or considered by the Glendale Plan Commission.
A second buyer has expressed interest in purchasing the property. The Nicolet School Board met in closed session April 13 to consider the merits of the buyers' letter of interest filed with the school district. Kobylski said negotiations with the potential buyer are under way. Similar to the first buyer, Kobylski did not disclose the buyer's name or offer.
The school board's authorization to sell the land in May 2016 applied to a sale that occurred no later than March 2017. Kobylski said a future board vote will depend on the outcome of the negotiations with the second prospective buyer.
The first offer on the property was expected to pay for the first phase of athletic renovations approved by the Nicolet School Board in 2014. The renovations were expected to be completed in time for the fall athletic season.
The first phase of the project was expected to include a renovation of the football field, including the installation of artificial turf, a new press box and a scoreboard with video capability on the east side of the field along I-43. The field will be expanded to meet regulation soccer field dimensions, and will have seating for 2,500 spectators. The track will also be resurfaced.
The first phase was also expected to include the construction of 12 tennis courts north of the football field on a 3-acre parcel owned by the school district. Two houses on that land will be torn down to make way for the tennis complex, which will be built in four tiers: five courts on the bottom tier, four courts on the next highest tier, three courts on the next tier. In the future, the district plans to build a championship court on the top tier closest to Green Tree Road.
The first sale offer was also expected to fund two team locker rooms and some storage space in the community pavilion at the Richard E. Maslowski Glendale Community Park complex. The bulk of the park's amenities will be funded by the city of Glendale's fundraising effort, which includes an amphitheater, playground, veterans memorial, beer garden, half of the parking lot and the bulk of the community center.
The city will pay the school district's portion of the costs up front, with the promise that it will get paid back using proceeds from the land sale.