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.