Moscow city and school district pursue joint development of property on Joseph St.

MOSCOW, ID - Moscow is one step closer to developing new playfields on a piece of land in the eastern part of town that has been left untouched for decades.

Palouse Reporter Rachel Dubrovin explains what will need to happen before contractors can break ground on the Joseph Street property.

This 22-acre piece of land in eastern Moscow may not look like much, but there's more to the Joseph Street property than meets the eye.

"The big issue at this point is to get the show on the road," said Moscow City Supervisor Gary Riedner.

The Moscow School District purchased this land in the nineties, and since then, it has been left untouched But the school district and the city recently agreed to pursue a joint development of the site.

"It's just an exciting time to be able to have two governmental agencies working together to not only just the students at Moscow School District, but also, the whole community," said Moscow School District Superintendent Greg Bailey.

The school district and the city each agreed to contribute $1.5 million to the project.

"Overall, we're looking at a baseball field, a softball field, soccer, lacross," said Bailey.

And on Monday night, the city council approved a professional services contract, which means the contractor will soon move into the planning stage of the project.

"We will have hopefully, a design perspective preliminary by Thanksgiving," said Riedner. "So it's going to be very quick."

"The summer of 2014, you're going to see a lot of dirt flying," said Bailey.

If all goes as planned, kids will have a new place to play by the fall of 2015... which could benefit the community and local economy.

"You know, we could possibly have a district tournament, or even a state tournament here locally, which will bring a lot of people into the community of Moscow," said Bailey.

In addition to play fields, the Joseph Street property could also be the site of a new school if the district sees a need for one in the future.