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Gregory J. Nickels (former Mayor)
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Nickels saves open space in West Seattle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
9/14/2005  3:00:00 PM
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Nickels saves open space in West Seattle
Plan preserves Soundway open space and supports community projects

SEATTLE - Mayor Greg Nickels announced today the city’s Soundway property in West Seattle will be preserved as open space, thanks to an improved local economy. In its 2006 Endorsed Budget, the city had decided to sell part of the property to help support three community projects.

“This is the best of both worlds,” Nickels said. “Thanks to our improving local economy and a grant from the state, we’re no longer faced in this case with a choice between preserving open space and supporting worthwhile community projects - we can do both.”

Last November, the City Council gave the community until Sept. 30, 2005, to raise funds for preservation of the property as open space and wetland habitat. In August 2005, the Council extended the deadline to Dec. 31, 2006.

The Legislature has appropriated $500,000 to preserve the space as a greenbelt. The city’s 2006 Endorsed Budget identified revenues from the sale of surplus city properties, including Soundway, to fund Asian Counseling and Referral Service, the Colman School - African American Heritage Museum and the Wing Luke Museum.

Nickels thanked City Council members Tom Rasmussen and David Della for their work on the Soundway property.

New funding sources for these projects will be specified in the Mayor’s upcoming budget proposal. He will announce his entire 2006 proposed budget Sept. 26.

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