Buyer linked to charter schools purchases Parkland parcel for $5M, records show

— A company linked to a charter school organization has bought a tract of land in Parkland, marking a potential first step toward opening the city’s first charter school.

This week, the Broward County Property Appraiser’s Office confirmed a landowner, Debuys Property Investment Group, sold the 10.5-acre parcel at the corner of University Drive and Hillsboro Boulevard on May 9 for $5 million.

The property appraiser’s office said the sale to Parkland School Property LLC — an entity that shares the same business address as Academica Charter Schools Facility LLC — has not yet been logged in the public record. That’s because the property appraiser is awaiting clarification on a legal description issue.

Parkland School Property LLC’s registered agent is Rosanne Wright, state business records show. Wright also has been affiliated with Academica, a Miami-based charter school management company that runs Somerset Charter School, records show. Wright couldn’t be reached for comment.

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Currently, all of the public schools in Parkland — Heron Heights Elementary, Park Trails Elementary, Riverglades Elementary, Westglades Middle School, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — have no extra seats for families who live outside the boundaries seeking reassignment into Parkland schools, a district official said.

Somerset Charter School, which has charter schools in North Lauderdale and Deerfield Beach, among others, previously has considered building a charter school at that same Parkland location but never moved forward with its application for city review.

In 2014, it submitted an application to create The Somerset Academy at Parkland Charter School for grades K-12.

The application called for a two-story building that would architecturally blend in with the neighboring upscale gated community of the Parkland Golf Country Club and have walkways to create a “pedestrian experience,” according to city records.

Tracy Clark, Broward School district spokeswoman, said Academica was approved last year for creating 1,248 seats for grades kindergarten through fifth grade, and another application for 900 seats for grades K-8.

But because the law does not require the school to give the School Board an address where it wants to open the school, it’s not known whether Parkland is the preferred city to house the school building.

A woman answering the phone at Academica headquarters in Miami referred calls to two company spokespersons who could not be reached for comment.

A representative for Debuys Property Investment Group could not be reached for comment. Debuys is known for selling land to homebuilder Lennar, which created Parkland’s residential community of MiraLago, which is still under construction.

The location of the possible charter school, 8401 University Drive, is now zoned for commercial use and may need the Parkland City Commission to sign off on an exception.

The School Board owns two parcels in Parkland — 25 acres at the northwest corner of Nob Hill Road and Hillsboro Boulevard, and 10 acres at the southwest corner of Trails End and University Drive — but there are no immediate plans for construction at those sites, school officials said.

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