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City Council approves land purchase for new Capitol Hill park

Seattle’s City Council has approved the process by which an empty lot at the corner of Federal and Republican will be purchased to create a new Capitol Hill park — whether the owner wants to sell or not.

In a vote Monday afternoon, the Council approved acquisition of the corner lots and authorized the City Attorney to take measures including condemnation of the property that will pave the way for Parks to take control of the land if the current owners won’t agree to a deal. CHS has reported that Fedrep Investors, LLC has been holding out for a higher price for the land they acquired after a townhome project planned for the area fell through.

The legislation passed on Monday does not set a price for the land — only authorizes the acquisition process and the use of funds from the Seattle Parks levy. Parks planners have said they were looking to spend up to $1.3 million to acquire land for the next Capitol Hill park project.

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7 thoughts on “City Council approves land purchase for new Capitol Hill park

  1. Big win for the hood. Now let’s just sure we do the right thing and make the park an asset rather than a campground

  2. Since there is no emergency, this sort of litigation can take many years, and by then the value of the land by an appraisal can almost double … interesting.

    Could be long story. Remember, no emergency status, very routine. Courts backed up in this county big time.

    It is a prime location, really.

  3. Does anyone else remember that cute house on the corner with the lazy happy residents and the guy who rode up onto his front lawn with a dirtbike? It was amazing. I miss walking past that.

    This stupid lot is SO offensive to me

  4. At the risk of offending some, whatever happened to the concept of “private property.”?

    From the article: Seattle’s City Council has approved the process by which an empty lot at the corner of Federal and Republican will be purchased to create a new Capitol Hill park — whether the owner wants to sell or not.

    Whether the owner wants to sell or not? What’s up with that? Is the United States governed by a constitution? The city will probably dip into the rainy day fund to purchase the property, after paying the legal costs associated with the lawsuit – with taypayers money. I wonder who is going to be next? They seem to have a mind of their own, with no (or little) accountability to the public, and to top it off, the mayor is afraid to lay them off, whether they’re affordable or not, at the risk of offending people. Kind of feels like the land of make believe.

  5. Horrible. Since when does a crappy little junky stop warrant eminent domain?

    Before you all get all high and mighty, check your OG card. Mine is stamped Capitol Hill class of 1970, haven’t lived anywhere else and still live on the hill. I’ve seen the rise of all these crappy little 1 lot parks and know what’s in them come sundown. The city should be focusing on cleaning up broadway so we can get a vibrant business district going again instead of trying to wrestle private property out of the hands of those who legitimately own it. Why didn’t the city buy it when it was for sale if it’s so damned nice?

    What a bunch of crap.