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February 18, 2012

College eyes Waxahachie property

Talks held with Magnablend for land near campus

Corsicana — Navarro College District President Dr. Richard Sanchez said Thursday the college is talking with the Magnablend company in Waxahachie about acquiring land adjacent to the college’s Waxahachie campus.

The property, along Highway 287 and John Arden Drive, was the site of a massive fire in October 2011. As cleanup of the site continues, the company has since relocated to property that was to have been the home of the Superconducting Super Collider nearby.

Sanchez told college trustees that he and Dr. Kenneth Martin had met with Scott Pendrey, Magnablend’s C.E.O., talking with Pendrey about the impact the fire had on the college — an enrollment drop of about 230 students — and how the college could benefit from the land once abatement procedures were completed, which Sanchez said should be by May.

“They want to keep it for now because they feel they may need the spur,” Sanchez said. “It could be they may only need a few acres and they’ll have the remainder of the 12 acres available.”

Sanchez said he told Magnablend the college “had to have that property,” and Pendrey gave “a very neutral but positive response” when asked if Magnablend would consider “gifting” the property to the college, or a portion of it.

Sanchez said Pendrey told him the college would be considered first when they decided to part with the land.

“If it is not gifted, I believe we would pay a small, reasonable amount for that property,” Sanchez said.

A spokesman in Pendrey’s office would only confirm Friday that there had been “some discussions” with the college but provided no details or timetable.

Sanchez said the college’s Waxahachie campus is “land locked” and would use the additional property to “spread out more” and for parking purposes.

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