00-037-O

ORDINANCE NO. __________

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING SALE OF CERTAIN PROPERTY IN LINCOLN PARK TO JO-ED PARTNERS FOR $22,500.

BY PRESIDENT GILBERT:

The city of Duluth does ordain:

Section 1. That the proper city officials are hereby authorized to sell and convey the following described property in St. Louis County, Minnesota, by quit claim deed, to JO-ED Partners, a Minnesota partnership, for the sum of $22,500, funds to be deposited in Permanent Improvement Fund 411, and execute all documents necessary with regard to said conveyance:

That portion of Lots 305, 307, 309, 311, 313, 315, 317 and 319, Block 16, DULUTH PROPER Second Division shown as shaded on Exhibit A (Public Document No. _______________) made a part hereof and lying northwesterly of the following-described line:
Beginning at the north corner of Lot 305, Block 16, DULUTH PROPER Second Division; thence south 00o26'41" east for a distance of 37.61 feet; thence south 39o56'17" west, for a distance of 343.96 feet; thence north 87o27'00" west for a distance of 45.94 feet, more or less, to the westerly corner of Lot 319 of said Block 16, and there terminating.
Section 2. This ordinance shall take effect 30 days from and after its passage and publication.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: The purpose of this ordinance is to authorize the conveyance of property lying northwesterly of newly-relocated Michigan Street or "Lower Michigan Street" to the owner of a building partially located on that property.

The property in question was originally owned by the Soo Line Railroad. At one time a railroad spur and loading dock were constructed on railroad property immediately behind a building located on the lower side of "old" Michigan Street at about 1832 West Michigan Street. Subsequently, this dock was covered and enclosed and, ultimately, was incorporated into the building.

The Soo Line Railroad later sold all of its property from 45th Avenue West to the Point of Rocks to DEDA and DEDA, in turn, sold the portion to the east of 22nd Avenue West to the city for the construction of Lower Michigan Street; with this sale went the property upon which the back of the building at 1910, now owned by JO-ED Partnership, is located.

The partnership, of course, has strong interest in buying the property upon which a portion of his building is located. It also needs access to the loading dock facilities located in this part of the building. The city for its part has no need of any of the Soo Line property in the area not needed for Lower Michigan Street.

This ordinance authorizes selling the partnership all of that portion of the old railroad right-of-way not needed by the city for Lower Michigan Street. This gives it title to the land upon which its building is located and also gives it access to the loading dock from both 19th and 20th Avenues West. The city in turn receives $22,500 for the property which property management has determined is a fair price for this real estate.