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City considers changing status of two properties

Warrenton Kia has asked to buy a triangular shaped parcel the city owns that makes up a piece of Kia's car lot that's farthest left in the photo. (Cindy Yingst)
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Two potential property transactions were on the agenda Tuesday night.

One piece the city may sell to a local auto dealer and the second involving the placement of county-owned property into a land conservancy.

Warrenton Kia approached the city about purchasing a parcel that’s owned by the city but is leased to the business as part of its new vehicle parking area.

Warrenton Kia pays $225 per month to lease the triangular-shaped parcel, which runs along Highway 101 south of Marlin Avenue.

“We basically own a piece within a large puzzle,” Mayor Henry Balensifer said. “I’d rather put it back on the tax roll.”

City Commissioners voted unanimously, with Commissioner Mark Baldwin absent, to hire an appraiser to determine real market value.

The value is needed not only to determine a sales price, but to find out whether it will require a vote of the people.

Measure 4-181, which voters approved in 2016, amended the city charter to require voter approval before the city could transfer or dispose of large tangible assets valued at $100,000 or more in 2014 dollars.

If the value is less than the vote trigger, the sale would return to the City Commission. If greater, the sale would be put before all city voters.

For the second property item on the agenda, commissioners set a public hearing for Jan. 8 on the county’s request to vacate, or abandon, platted streets within unimproved property it owns inside the city of Warrenton. The property is off Southwest Ninth Street west of Warrenton Grade School.

The county plans to turn the land over to the North Coast Land Conservancy, meaning it would be preserved in its natural state in perpetuity. There are no streets running through the property, but because they’ve been platted for future development, the vacation is required.

The land ultimately will be used to offset wetlands that would be impacted by a project Fort George Brewery has proposed on land within the county’s North Coast Business Park near Costco.

A stream runs through property on Southwest Ninth Street that the county wants to turn over to a land conservancy. (Cindy Yingst)

A car coming from Warrenton Grade School drives past county-owned property on Ninth Street. (Cindy Yingst)

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