Proposed park purchase in Junction goes to Council committee next week

The City Council Parks and Neighborhoods Committee will be asked next Thursday to approve the proposed purchase of a quarter-acre vacant lot at 4731 40th SW, as a future park site. According to documents made public today, they would be authorizing a purchase price of up to $1,440,000. We first reported four weeks ago on the city’s plan to buy the property with money from the Parks and Green Spaces Levy, approved by voters in 2008, including a $24 million acquisition fund to buy potential parkland in areas that don’t have enough – including The Junction. The price tag does not include money to actually turn it into a park; that would have to come from some other source at a later date. If the committee gives its approval on Thursday (December 6th), the full City Council would then be asked for final approval.

2 Replies to "Proposed park purchase in Junction goes to Council committee next week"

  • Brian November 30, 2012 (4:56 pm)

    Is it fair to call it a vacant lot if it has two operating businesses on it currently?

    I mean, I understand that the city can force the businesses out, but that hasn’t happened yet as far as I know.

    • WSB November 30, 2012 (5:27 pm)

      Brian, the lot Parks is buying is absolutely empty unless the businesses to which you refer are underground – or have moved onto it in the past few weeks since we photographed it. Follow the link to our previous story – it is the middle of that parcel, unoccupied land currently behind a razor-wire-topped fence. Are you possibly confusing this with the Morgan Junction lot the city is proposing buying for a park, the one where Short Stop and the cleaners are? Different story/deal. – TR

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