BY COUNCILOR GILBERT:
The city of Duluth does ordain:
Section 1. That the city of Duluth hereby conveys by quit claim deed at no cost its right, title and interest in and to real estate located in St. Louis County, Minnesota, hereinafter described, to The Salvation Army for transitional housing and services to homeless families:
Lot 226, Lake Avenue, Upper Duluth, Section 2.
Section 2. That this ordinance shall take effect and be in force 30 days after its passage and publication.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: In 1998, the council authorized an application to the United States department of health and human services (HHS) to acquire a federal surplus property located at 725 South Lake Avenue. The application was made in cooperation with The Salvation Army, with the intent the property be used for the expansion of their family transitional housing program and that it would be turned over to The Salvation Army at a future date. As a local government entity the city could acquired the property at no cost, and could then select the service provider who would use the property to house homeless persons, a requirement of the surplus property program. The application was successful, and in 1999, pursuant to Resolution 99-0787, the city of Duluth authorized the acquisition of the property from the United States and a lease agreement with The Salvation Army. Since that time, The Salvation Army has provided transitional housing and services to homeless families at the site. The Salvation Army has applied for, and secured the approval of HHS, to acquire the property from the city of Duluth. This ordinance completes the intent of the transaction in 1999 by conveying the property to The Salvation Army.