$3.3 million transfers to Mukilteo for park acquisition | City brief

Nov 06, 2013

The city has officially agreed to put the $3.3 million it received in Snohomish County grants toward the acquisition of Japanese Gulch.

The City Council on Oct. 21 authorized Mayor Joe Marine to accept the grants and sign an interlocal agreement (ILA) with the county concerning the acquisition of the property with the awarded funds.

Snohomish County Council on Oct. 7 presented Mukilteo with a check for $3.3 million in Conservation Futures grants to go to the acquisition of the last undeveloped 97 acres of gulch for parkland – however, it is the now-approved ILA that makes the transfer of the funds possible.

The county awarded a $500,000 grant in 2011, a $300,000 grant 2012 and most recently a $2.5 million grant in 2013.

Mukilteo, in partnership with Washington state, is seeking to acquire all 140 acres of undeveloped land in Japanese Gulch and preserve it as parks and open space.  The city owns about 40 acres of the gulch, including 1 acre on the Mukilteo Tank Farm.

The city is in negotiations with owner Metropolitan Trust, with the help of the independent land trust Forterra.

An appraisal of the land was expected to be done by Oct. 25. An executive session to discuss the appraisal is set for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at City Hall, 11930 Cyrus Way.

Mukilteo is in a time crunch to acquire the land: Metropolitan Trust is bankrupt and has been court ordered to sell the property by 2014. If it isn’t sold to the city, a private developer may get it.

The city now has $4.3 million in funds allocated to pay for the gulch, including $1 million from the state.

-Sara Bruestle

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