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Contact Michelle Wilmot, Community and Public Affairs Manager

253-856-5709 - Desk

253-275-7542 - Mobile

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING & PRESS RELEASE

POTENTIAL SURPLUS OF A PORTION OF MORRILL

Post Date:08/07/2017

CITY OF KENT

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING & PRESS RELEASE

KENT CITY COUNCIL MEETING

 SEPTEMBER 5, 2017

POTENTIAL SURPLUS OF A PORTION OF MORRILL

MEADOWS/EAST HILL PARK FOR CONSTRUCION OF A

YMCA COMMUNITY CENTER

 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, in accordance with Chapter 3.12 of the Kent City Code and Laws of 2017, Ch. 119, § 4, that the Kent City Council is considering whether to surplus a portion of the City’s Morrill Meadows and East Hill Parks (the “Property”) and remove a restricted open space covenant for a joint community project with the YMCA of Greater Seattle to construct a regional YMCA facility within the parks, including improvements to the City’s park amenities.

Surplus.  The City may surplus up to two parcels within the Morrill Meadows/East Hill Park.  The park is generally located on the east hill of Kent and includes Morrill Meadows Park on the west at 10600 SE 248th Street, East Hill Park on the east at 10920 SE 248th Street.  The first surplus involves a sale of 1.5 – 2 acres of the existing 23 acre park to the YMCA of Greater Seattle for the YMCA’s construction of a community recreation facility.  The second surplus involves the possible lease of park property adjoining the YMCA site to construct parking improvements, infrastructure, and park improvements.  Once construction is complete and the lease expires, the City would retain full fee titled ownership of all park property, except the 1.5 – 2 acre lot on which the YMCA was built.

 Removal of Restricted Covenant.  In addition to conveying fee title and a possible leasehold interest to the YMCA, this joint project will also require removal of an open space restriction on some property included within the joint project because it was acquired with grant funds obtained through the state Recreation and Conservation Office (“RCO”).  For those parts of the project area that no longer meet RCO’s open space requirements, the City will purchase or develop replacement property at a different location to maintain its open space obligation to RCO.

 All interested members of the public are invited to obtain more information about the proposal, and to speak in support or opposition of the project, including both the property surplus and removal of the RCO’s open space restriction through the City’s purchase or development of replacement property, at a PUBLIC HEARING to be held before the Kent City Council at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, beginning at 7 p.m., or as soon thereafter as business permits, in the Kent City Council Chambers, 220 Fourth Avenue South, Kent, WA  98032.

           Members of the public may also submit written comments at the Public Hearing itself, or in advance by regular U.S. Mail to the City Clerk’s Office, 220 Fourth Avenue South, Kent, WA 98032, or by electronic mail to cityclerk@kentwa.gov.  Any written comments sent in advance must be received no later than 4 p.m. on September 5, 2017, in order to be considered.  The public notice can be found at the City of Kent’s Website:  KentWA.gov.

 Any person requiring a disability accommodation should contact the City Clerk’s Office at 253-856-5725 in advance. For TDD relay service call Washington Telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-833-6388.

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