Seattle Parks and Recreation Jesús Aguirre, Superintendent
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Seattle Parks acquired a .2 acre property at 6413 California Ave SW on November 30, 2006 for a new neighborhood park in the heart of the Morgan Junction urban village.
Funding for this acquisition included the Pro Parks Levy and a matching grant from the King County Conservation Futures Tax.
Planning for park development of the site began in early 2007.
In August 2006, the Parks, Education, Libraries and Labor Committee of Seattle City Council considered legislation for Seattle Parks' acquisition of the northern 8,500 square feet of the site for a new park. Beveridge Investments LLC will retain ownership of the southern portion of the site.
On May 4, 2006 the Seattle Monorail Project board voted to sell a 17,081 square foot property at 6401 California Ave SW to Beveridge Investments LLC. The LLC signed a letter of intent to sell the northern portion of the site to Seattle Parks.
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At a public meeting on April 11, 2006 community members indicated to Parks staff that the Monorail property was their top priority site for a new park. Seattle Parks and Beveridge Investments LLC had each submitted bids for the Monorail property, and the community indicated that they supported a partnership between the two to create a new park and to preserve a popular local business, the Beveridge Place Pub.
At its April 24, 2006 meeting, the Pro Parks Levy Oversight Committee voted to support purchasing all or part of the Monorail site in lieu of the Morgan Substation property.
The Levy project originally targeted City Light's Morgan Substation property for acquisition, but the substation is not available from City Light at this time, and it appeared that the substation site was not an ideal park location or size.
The Pro Parks Levy includes funding for the purchase of property in the Morgan Junction urban village for a new park as a Neighborhood Parks Acquisition project. The Seattle City Light substation, located at 4118 SW Morgan St, was originally targeted in the levy. Parks acquisition staff worked with the community to identify potential alternate sites.
The Pro Parks Levy also provides funding to develop a park at the acquired site. Planning for park development began in early 2007.
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