Mayor Victor Carrillo saluted Jack for his patience and diligence.
Councilman John Renison said the project would improve the blighted condition of the lot next to the school and provide needed housing for families who take their children to Moreno and surrounding schools.
Councilman Gilbert Grijalva said he was glad the project is going forward and said it would improve the "synergy" of the area near the high school.
"Mr. Jack, we are all aware of your reputation as a fine builder and I congratulate you on your persistence," Grijalva said.
Verdugo said when Jack asked for the $1.4 million two and a half years ago, the board thought it "excessive."
When he came back months later and asked for $1 million, the board decided to fund a Calexico Housing Authority project instead.
This time the board gave Jack $75,000 outright and loaned the developer $325,000.
The loan will be paid off by taxes taken in by the project and should be repaid in 15 years, according to Verdugo.
Verdugo said the project will be "lush," replete with grass landscaping, and compared the plans favorably to Jack's housing developments in the Indio area.
Jack smiled after the unanimous vote and said, "We'll build you a fine project."
Another project that could be coming to Calexico was announced at the start of Tuesday's meeting.
John McClendon, attorney for the Raul Estrada family of Calexico, said the family has been talking to a developer about building a hotel and an Applebee's Restaurant on land on Scaroni Road north of the Calexico 10 Theaters.
"That area is a huge missed opportunity," McClendon said.
He called the theater an anchor that could bring people to the restaurant and hotel and other future developments.
The board directed City Manager Richard Inman to continue talks with the developer and the Estrada family about a public-private partnership.
In one of the more humorous moments of Tuesday's meeting, a group of about 12 skateboarders walked into the chambers to voice their support for the Nosotros Park skateboard park site near Calexico.
Carrillo welcomed the youths but informed them the council was only voting Tuesday night to set a public meeting for April 24.
He urged the skateboarders to come back in two weeks and "bring thousands of people."
Renison joked, "Bring those that want it."
"Yeah, we'll set up a ramp in the center," Carrillo added.
Grijalva said it is important to hear from all members of the community because some residents might not want a skateboard park in their back yard.
The board decided to hear from all parties concerned at the April 24 meeting, look at plans for the sites and vote to move forward with the two approved sites or find alternatives.
Carrillo said the city has already set aside money for two skate parks, one on the west and one on the east side of town.
In addition to the Nosotros Park site, a skate park is tentatively planned for the corner of Harrington Street and Rancho Frontera Avenue on the east side of town.
Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419.