The parking lot at the Northwest corner of 50th and the Ave. may soon become part park. Greg Nickels' office just announced that it is teaming up with Councilmembers Richard Conlin and Sally Clark to propose legislation that would provide $2.5 million from the city and $1 million from the Washington Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development for the University Heights Center for the Community Association (UHCCA) to buy the landmarked University Heights School building at that same corner. (A lot of long names in this deal.) In the release, Conlin sent a shout out to Frank Chopp for helping secure the state cash.
The UHCCA currently leases the building from the school district, which closed down the school in 1989. In exchange for getting the money, the UHCCA would have to guarantee 15 years of community center services at the site.
The legislation would also provide money for a public park on the 1/3 of an acre on the Southeast corner of the lot. That space is currently used on Sundays for the Farmer's Market and would continue to be used that way, the release says, "taking advantage of the new park as a great new setting for displaying fresh food and flowers to the public every week."