Youth club’s lease extended 20 years | City briefs

Oct 05, 2016

A lease for the Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club to build and operate a new youth club in Harbour Pointe has been extended by 20 years.

The club for years has been preparing to construct a new building near the Mukilteo Family YMCA and Kamiak High School – a more central location for the community’s youth.

The Mukilteo club was established in 1961, and still occupies a former grange hall in Old Town.

In 2006, the Boys & Girls Club signed a 30-year lease for property on 47th Avenue West and an agreement to open the new building in Harbour Pointe.

With the recession, however, the project was put on hold. The timeframe has been extended two times.

The Boys & Girls Club was required to get a lease extension of at least 10 years to get approved for a construction loan to go toward the building, adjacent ball fields and a parking lot.

The Mukilteo City Council on Oct. 3 voted 5-1 to authorize Mayor Jennifer Gregerson to sign the lease agreement allowing an extension of an additional 20 years. The lease now expires in 2056.

Council President Bob Champion voted against the lease extension because it wasn’t immediately clear why the agreement had been extended 20 years when the loan only required 10.

The mayor said the extra 10 years will serve as a “cushion” in case construction of the new building doesn’t start on time.

“It’s not like we’re going to take the property back from the Boys & Girls Club,” Councilmember Ted Wheeler said. “In 40 years, we’re going to need to extend it (the lease) another 40 years.”

The new club at 11600 47th Ave. W will cost an estimated $5 million. It is expected to open in 2018.

The 25,000-square-foot building will have two gyms, a teen center, a kitchen, a computer lab, a recording studio and an underwater exploration center.

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