By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
After a closed executive session on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, the Mill Creek City Council authorized City Manager Michael Ciaravino to execute a real estate purchase and sale agreement with the Diocese of Olympia.
The Templo Emanuel Church property located at 13716 Bothell-Everett Highway sits between the Mill Creek Sports Park to the south and the Mill Creek Sports building to the north.
The property also shares boundaries with the city-owned Dobson-Remilard property to the west that was acquired in 2005.
In almost 15 years the city council has not been able to figure out what do do with the Dobson-Remilard property, although additional sports fields and a performing arts center were discussed most recently at the April 9, 2019, city council meeting.
In 2014 the city council had extensive discussions about using the Dobson-Remilard property for additional sports fields, but came to no conclusions.
They discussed the issue again at an April 28, 2015, brainstorming session, but couldn’t arrive at consensus then either.
The church property is roughly four and a half acres in size and includes one existing structure, a 2,500 square foot building and has a listing price of $2,200,000.
“We are excited about the possibilities this land may offer for our residents,” Ciaravino said in a July 5th news release.
He went on to say, “We will, however, continue to do our due diligence to ensure it is a good fit for us.”
The city has 180 days to do due diligence. During this time, the city staff will review available property information and will conduct studies to determine if the property will meet city needs.
It’s unclear what the city plans to do with this property and details regarding the purchase and sales agreement are not currently available from the City of Mill Creek.
The audio recording where the purchase decision was made wasn't posted to the city's website until late in the evening on July 5th.
The purchase and sale agreement is not yet posted to the city's website.
Editor's note: This July 5th article was edited on July 6th to reflect the posting of the city council audio.