With yesterday’s news that the City Council has authorized Seattle Parks to acquire the empty lots at the corner of Federal and Republican for a new neighborhood park, the question is what happens next. CHS had a quick chat with Don Harris, head of acquisitions for Parks about fears that the future green space was in for a lengthy court battle as one of our commenters, Mike with Curls, said he fears:
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.
Harris said this scenario is not likely. “If legal action ensues, it will be relatively quick. We’re looking at months here,” Harris told CHS.
“The City is committed to making this an expedient process.”
From discussions CHS has had with people familiar with the situation, it’s extremely rare for these situations to enter the courtroom but, if it does end up being litigated, the City of Seattle has powerful tools at its disposal following Monday’s authorization and Mayor Mike McGinn’s expected signing of the legislation.
Calls to a representative for Fedrep Investors, LLC, the company that owns the land targeted by Seattle Parks for the new project, have not been returned.