Port Of Seattle Buying Excess City Light Property Near Lora Lakes Area

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by Matt Rosenberg

The Port of Seattle will add to the buffer zone near the third runway at Sea-Tac Airport under a planned sale of excess Seattle City Light property near the old Lora Lakes Apartments complex in Burien. A bill authorizing the sale of the old Sunnydale substation property at 15002 8th Avenue South in Burien was expected to be approved by a Seattle City Council committee Wednesday May 18, and then okayed within several weeks thereafter by the Seattle City Council. Formal approval by the Port is also required.

A “fiscal note” report on the bill from the City of Seattle fills in additional details. The sale price of the 12,197 square-foot parcel is to be $178,212, which reflects its appraised value minus a small adjustment to offset costs of environmental remediation the Port will have to perform. With the expected purchase, the Port would own all land surrounding the former electrical substation. The site is in close proximity to the now-vacant Lora Lake Apartments. Under a proposed five-party agreement, King County was to buy the substation parcel from the city as part of a larger redevelopment of the apartment complex for low-income housing, but the whole deal was scuttled when environmental testing revealed a $10 million cleanup cost for the acerage.

The City Light substation property was originally sold to Seattle in November, 1958 for $4,305 by the Tenth Church of Christ The Scientist. Seattle built a 4 kV electrical substation there but it became outdated and the property vestigial after Seattle City Light converted to a 12 kV distribution network, and it was determined no other city department needed the land.

A recent annual staff report found the City of Seattle owned 212 excess property clusters worth roughly $81 million. The transaction for the substation property in Burien would be the first sale of an excess property by Seattle since August 2008.

Sunnydale Substation parcel/City of Seattle. Click image to see larger version.

Matt Rosenberg is founder and editor of Public Data Ferret, a news and knowledge base project of the non-profit Public Eye Northwest. Disclosure: In 1994-95 Matt worked for the Regional Commission on Airport Affairs. Email: matt (at) publiceyenorthwest (dot) org

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One Response to “Port Of Seattle Buying Excess City Light Property Near Lora Lakes Area”
  1. HB says:

    Seattle City Light’s distribution system operates at 26,400 volts; not 12,000 volts.

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