00-040-O

ORDINANCE NO. __________

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING ACQUISITION OF CERTAIN PROPERTY NEAR CENTRAL ENTRANCE AND EBONY AVENUE FROM THE STATE OF MINNESOTA FOR $7,794.25, AND SALE THEREOF TO LAKEVIEW CHRISTIAN ACADEMY FOR $7,794.25, SUBJECT TO USE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SCHOOL.

BY PRESIDENT GILBERT:

The city of Duluth does ordain:

Section 1. That the proper city officials are hereby authorized to purchase the hereinafter-described property in St. Louis County, Minnesota, from the state of Minnesota for the amount of not to exceed $7,794.25, payable from Fund 255, subject to the execution of the agreement described in Section 2 below:

Lots 13 through 21 inclusive, Block 29, DULUTH HEIGHTS Sixth Division, according to the recorded plat thereof.
Section 2. That the proper city officials are hereby authorized to enter into an agreement, in the form of that which is on file in the office of the city clerk as Public Document No. _________________, for the sale of the hereinbefore described property, by quit claim deed, to Lakeview Christian Academy, for the sum of $7,794.25 or the city's cost, whichever is greater, said sum to be deposited in Fund 255, and execute all documents necessary with regard to said conveyance.

Section 3. 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 city to purchase nine tax forfeit lots from the state of Minnesota and sell them to Lakeview Christian Academy for use in conjunction with the school.

Five of the lots involved front on Central Entrance and are just across Ebony Street from the school. The other four lots are immediately on the other side of the platted but unexercised alley easement from the first five.

The school needs the property to provide off-street parking to staff and visitors. This will not only provide needed parking but would also allow elimination of parking along Ebony Street which would make it safer for students being dropped off and picked up at the school.

The academy will reimburse the city for all of its costs of acquisition in this case. The reason the city needs to be involved is to prevent having the price "bid up" by speculative interests.