August 1, 1996 in Washington Voices

City Gets Option On Land Near Downriver

By The Spokesman-Review

City officials are moving ahead with plans to buy a former nursing home site next to Downriver Golf Course.

The Spokane City Council Monday approved an agreement with Dr. Hrair Garabedian to give the city an option on the 2.5 acres of land just west of the golf course.

Garabedian also has been in negotiation with private developers who want to build 16 homes on the site of the former Riverpark Convalescent Center.

But the developers need a road easement across park land, which virtually surrounds the former nursing home property.

An easement granted by the city to the nursing home in the mid-1980s was terminated when the firm went out of business following a fire that destroyed the building in 1991.

Garabedian, a Spokane physician, acquired the property after it fell into receivership.

Paul Crutchfield, administrative assistant for the city Parks Department, said the Park Board could decline to grant a new easement, leaving the developers no way to use the land, for which they hold a first option. The city has a second option on the land.

The city has long sought the property as part of the riverbank park lands that extend northwest of downtown toward Stevens County.

The land could be purchased with $250,000 available from the county. That money comes from a small property tax assessment earmarked for conservation land.

The developer, Winer Cooper Partnership, is expected to ask the Park Board for an easement later this month, Crutchfield said.

In other business, the council:

Set a hearing before the hearing examiner at 1 p.m. Aug. 27 to form a local improvement district to finance the paving, curbs and sidewalks on Sharp Avenue from Cedar to Jefferson streets.

Another hearing was set before the examiner at 2 p.m. that day for the final assessment roll for paving the alley between Crown and Everett avenues from Alberta to Cochran.

A third hearing at 3 p.m. that day will be for the formation of a local improvement district for paving the alley between Monroe and Lincoln streets from Rockwell to Longfellow.

Scheduled another hearing before the City Council on Aug. 26 on a request by the Spokane Transit Authority to terminate the dedication of a half-block of Jefferson Street at Sharp Avenue.

, DataTimes

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