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Mill Creek City Council learns property acquisition not eligible for Conservation Futures Grant

At their April 28th meeting the Mill Creek City Council learned that the city’s recent purchase of land meant to be used for park use is not eligible to receive a Snohomish County Conservation Futures grant.  Mill Creek City Manager Michael Ciaravino told the city council that the $2,050,000 purchase has already closed, making it ineligible for the potential grant.
Map showing Templo Emanuel Church property location. Image courtesy of City of Mill Creek.

By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek, May 1, 2020.

At their April 28th meeting the Mill Creek City Council learned that the city’s recent purchase of land meant to be used for park use is not eligible to receive a Snohomish County Conservation Futures grant.

Manager Michael Ciaravino told the city council that the $2,050,000 purchase has already closed, making it ineligible for the potential grant.

In July 2019 the city council authorized Ciaravino to negotiate a purchase and sales agreement for the Tempo Emanuel Church property located at 13716 Bothell-Everett Highway.

Located at 13716 Bothell-Everett Highway, the four and a half acre site is just north of the Mill Creek Sports Park.

The property also shares boundaries with the city-owned Dobson-Remilard property to the west that was acquired in 2005.

In almost 15 years the city council has not been able to figure out what do do with city-owned property near the Mill Creek Sports Park, although additional sports fields and a performing arts center were discussed most recently at the February 22, 2020, legislative retreat.

In 2014 the city council had extensive discussions about using the Dobson-Remilard property for additional sports fields, but came to no conclusions.

They discussed the issue again at an April 28, 2015, brainstorming session, but couldn’t arrive at consensus then either.

The COVID-19 pandemic will certainly affect the land’s development timetable. The city council is scheduled to review the city’s financials sometime in May.

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