REDMOND, OR -- The lot where Redmond Proficiency Academy plans to build its new middle school has been owned by The Bridge Church of the Nazarene for nearly 20 years. Pastor Kevin Campbell-White tells KBND News selling two acres at 25th and W. Antler to the charter school just made sense. "It’s just a perfect arrangement because, when they’re doing business we’re not, and when we’re doing business they’re not. So, we’re really excited about the opportunity to share the things that we’ve been blessed with, with RPA and the community, which is what we’ve always wanted to do. This was just a perfect thing that God put in our lap."
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The partnership with RPA includes an agreement for the school to develop shared space, which Campbell-White says could also benefit the community. "Part of the agreement was that they would develop some of the shared properties for us to use. But, with the money from the sale, we’re able to further develop some of them to make them even more effective, not only for us but for them; and also for things like Parks and Rec. Our big field will be developed into a soccer field." And, he says, the land sale will help the church fund a future performing arts center that could also be used by the school.
Pastor Campbell-White says his board had casually discussed selling the vacant property for a while, but they weren’t sure who would be interested; until about four months ago. "It was after a board meeting on a Monday night. I threw up one of those Hail Mary prayers, and I just said, ‘God, if you want us to sell this, can you please just send us a buyer because I don’t even want to deal with this.’ And I got a call two days later from RPA saying, ‘have you ever considered selling a piece of your property?’" He has tried to communicate future plans with neighbors, and he says a number of nearby residents told him they're excited about the development.