BY COUNCILOR JOHNSON:
The city of Duluth does ordain:
Section 1. That the city hereby designates the property described in Section 2 below as being surplus to the city’s future needs, and hereby declares its intention to alienate its interest in same.
Section 2. That the proper city officials are hereby authorized to sell and convey, subject to an environmental liability waiver and indemnification in favor of the city and approved by the city attorney, the following described property in St. Louis County, Minnesota, by quit claim deed to Leonard A. and Avis R. Grecinger for $4,584.40 to be deposited in
Lots 3 and 4 (easterly 42 feet of westerly 83 feet), and Lot 4 (southerly 20 feet of westerly 41 feet), Block 148, WEST DULUTH FIFTH DIVISION.
Section 3. That this ordinance shall take effect 30 days from and after its passage and publication.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: The city acquired the former Duluth, Winnipeg and Pacific (DWP) Railroad right-of-way in 1984. The acquisition was for future trail purposes. Since then, key bridges, trestles and other infrastructure has been removed making the development of a future trail costly and impractical. The planning commission recommended the sale of this former railroad property in an action dated September 14, 2004. This property is now surplus to the city’s future needs and is alienated.
The buyers are the adjoining owners of this property and plan to use the property for a garage and expanded yard space. The Spirit Valley Citizens’ Neighborhood Development Association (SVCNDA) has expressed support of the sale of the former DWP property to adjoining owners for business or residential expansion.
The city assessor has established the square foot value of this property at $1.57/square foot and the buyers have agreed to the established price of $4,584.40.
Tax base impact summary: This property will be returned to the tax roles after 20+ years. Minimal tax impact until such time as property is improved with a structure or other site improvement.