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City intends to sell off downtown library parking lot

The parking lot along Rucker Avenue, as seen on Nov. 7.

EVERETT — The downtown library parking lot along Rucker Avenue is slated for surplus among other city properties.
The city’s “staff is recommending surplus and sale of the parking lot since it is underutilized. We believe selling the property will help achieve the highest and best use of the site,” city spokeswoman Kari Goepfert said.
The city doesn’t plan to sell the site and then lease it as a parking lot for library patrons, Goepfert said.
An appraisal is pending. The county assessor’s office placed the library lot’s total market value at $502,000 for next year.
A public hearing is scheduled for the Nov. 14 City Council meeting, after which the council is scheduled to vote to approve the surplus list. The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. at 3002 Wetmore Ave.
The library parking lot behind the downtown library is available to the public, and used by library staff, city properties manager Mike Palacios told the City Council last week.
Other properties on the surplus list include a site at 1409 E. Marine View Drive, an almost one acre site in the 400 block of Rockefeller Avenue near Legion Park, a site in the 2300 block of Highland Avenue, a site in the 4200 block of Crescent Avenue, a leftover portion of land in the 4000 block of Smith Avenue, and a site in the 100 block of 11th Street SW. Most are residential properties.
The land for Legion Park was donated to the city. The portion being discussed for sale is not under any deed restrictions, Palacios said. A deed restriction is a land use restriction covenant on how land can be used.
These sites are the “first round” of properties the city is surplussing, Palacios said. The second round of land sales under consideration have been used for public utilities.



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