When the Santee Farmers Market recently moved from the old Santee School site on Mission Gorge Road to the Pathways Church parking lot it signaled a change for that site (10315 Mission Gorge Road) that's been in the works for years.
"Over the last five years, the District has been working with a developer towards a possible Ground Lease of that site for construction of a new shopping center," said Santee School District Assistant Superintendent Karl Christensen.
"Due to the severe economic downturn, actions towards that goal were stalled but have recently started to move forward again."
Christensen said details of the project aren't available yet. To get an idea for when work on the new shopping center might begin, Santee Farmers Market manager Andrea Hankins said she was given until the end of the year to find a new location.
The Santee Pioneer National Little League fields, a small park, and Santee Chamber of Commerce offices currently occupy the area.
The School District has completed construction of three new ballfields at Chet F Harritt School to which Pioneer National Little League will eventually relocate. The last phase involves construction of a snack bar, bleachers and batting cages, which is expected to be completed before the end of this year.
Christensen said the Chamber will be moving off the site when the time approaches for construction to begin. Chamber President/CEO John Olsen said the organization is prepared for the move, but a future location has yet to be decided upon.
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