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File #: 19-0590    Version: 1 Name: 4/15/19 Purchase of Park Land at 3301 Geddes from Windy Crest
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 4/15/2019 In control: City Council
On agenda: 4/15/2019 Final action: 4/15/2019
Enactment date: 4/15/2019 Enactment #: R-19-153
Title: Resolution to Approve Purchase of Park Land at 3301 Geddes Road from Windy Crest Partnership LLC, Approve a Participation Agreement with Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission, and Appropriate $108,500.00 from Open Space and Parkland Preservation Millage Proceeds (8 Votes Required)
Attachments: 1. Windy Crest Property Aerial Map.pdf, 2. Windy Crest Property Location Map.pdf
Title
Resolution to Approve Purchase of Park Land at 3301 Geddes Road from Windy Crest Partnership LLC, Approve a Participation Agreement with Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission, and Appropriate $108,500.00 from Open Space and Parkland Preservation Millage Proceeds (8 Votes Required)
Memorandum
This resolution approves the purchase of fee title to an 8.48-acre property at 3301 Geddes Road from Windy Crest Partnership LLC with support from the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission.

Staff anticipates maintaining this property as a natural area. The property includes upland and wetlands adjacent to the City's Ruthven Nature Area, bringing the total contiguous natural area to approximately 29.08 acres. This additional property would preserve a significant block of additional habitat and will provide improved access to this natural area for staff and volunteers.

An appraisal was completed for the property in August 2017, and the fair market value was determined to be $255,000. In subsequent negotiations with staff, the property owner agreed to donate $120,000 (47%) of the appraised value. Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission was invited to contribute and authorized $54,000 (21% of appraised value). This resolution appropriates $108,500.00 from Open Space and Parkland Preservation Millage proceeds to cover the purchase price and other costs.

The purchase is contingent upon the property owner securing an agreement with the appropriate parties expressly granting the City a right of access from Geddes Road across the private Windycrest Drive to Meadowcreek Drive. In discussion with staff, the property owner has indicated that this is achievable.

In consideration of their contribution, the County has requested a right of first refusal or similar option to purchase the property if the City ever disposes of the property.

The donation was reviewed and recommended by the Land Acquisition Committee of the Park Advisory Commission ...

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