City E Howell St & 16th Ave
posted by June 20 at 16:43 PMon
Capitol Hill is well on its way to having a brand spankin’ new park. Today, the city council’s parks committee approved a plan to acquire a sizable chunk of land on 16th and Howell. The property owner’s original plans called for the development of 12 townhomes, on what is currently a Diamond parking lot. That didn’t happen when the city decided to go after the property.
According to Seattle Parks’ acquisitions manager, Donald Harris, the city had been looking for more park space on Capitol Hill for several years. The neighborhood suggested the Parks Department look into purchasing the site and the city took drastic measures to ensure it was able to purchase the lot. Harris says “[It] was being acquired under threat of condemnation. Technically, if we hadnít got a deal, we couldíve moved to court to take the property.
Harris is excited about Parks’ plans: “It’s going to be a dynamite park. Generally our objective is to get 10,000 square feet [for a new park]. This is 17,000 square feet.”
City council will look at the parks proposal on Monday. The Parks Department hopes to rush to proposal through council and get the plan approved by the mayor in order to meet the property owner’s June 30th sale deadline.