The city will move forward with a December 16th public hearing taking comment on the potential sale of seven excess city properties that have received offers. There are hundreds of these parcels that the city has deemed excess. The properties are listed and mapped on the city of Astoria website :CLICK HERE
During comments from the public there was some question as to whether or not the timing of these sales will result in the best sales prices and one person requested that more be done to give notice to the general public when specific properties are under consideration for sale. The city currently mails notices to adjacent property owners, publishes the dates for public hearings and has information about specific properties on the City of Astoria website.
In other action Monday night:
The council approved the vacation of a portion of Duane street behind the Moose lodge after the city attorney worked out an access agreement between the Moose lodge and the Columbia River Maritime Museum for access through the former Builders Supply property, now owned by the Museum.
A memorandum of understanding was approved between the city and Craft 3 setting out the terms of the Astoria Armory deal that would result in the city retaining ownership of the undeveloped lot next to the armory and Craft 3 would then own the armory building after paying $250,000. Craft 3 would then negotiate with the Friends of the Armory to purchase the building with the option to sell to another interested party if the friends group can't meet the terms of the sale.
City streets will be the subject of a pavement study with the approval of a contract with Capital Asset and Pavement Management, Inc to update the city's pavement management data. The last time this was done was 2008. The update allows city engineers to develop a paving plan for the repair of the streets.