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Posted on: February 3, 2016

16-004 State Parks to hold public hearing about proposed land exchange at Saint Edward State Park

OLYMPIA – Jan. 22, 2015 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is conducting a public hearing regarding a proposed land exchange involving the Saint Edward Seminary in Saint Edward State Park in Kenmore.

The public hearing is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9 in the Community Meeting Room at Kenmore City Hall, 18120 68th Ave. NE, Kenmore. (Directions: www.kenmorewa.gov/content/transportation-options

The hearing will address a proposed land exchange in which State Parks would acquire a 9.77-acre property, known as the McDonald Property, in exchange for a 4.99-acre property to be acquired by Daniels Real Estate, a Seattle-based development firm. The purpose of the land exchange is to expand the overall footprint of the park. The land is contiguous with the existing park property and includes 450 feet of shoreline on Lake Washington. In addition, the exchange will facilitate the rehabilitation of the Saint Edward Seminary as a hotel. 

In August 2015, Daniels Real Estate approached State Parks staff with a new concept proposal for the iconic historic structure that stands at the center of the state park on the north shore of Lake Washington. Daniels’ proposal includes rehabilitating the building for use as a lodge or retreat facility, using standards of historic preservation. In addition to acquiring the Seminary building and the proposed land exchange, the proposal also includes acquiring and restoring the pool and gymnasium and some of the surrounding open space.

For more information about the concept proposal for the Saint Edward Seminary, visit: http://parks.state.wa.us/857/Saint-Edward-Planning---Seminary. For questions about the project, contact Michael Hankinson, Parks Planner, (360) 902-8671, michael.hankinson@parks.wa.gov.

For more information about Saint Edward State Park, visit: http://parks.state.wa.us/577/Saint-Edward


About Washington State Parks
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

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Media contacts:
Toni Droscher, (360) 902-8604
Michael Hankinson, (360) 902-8671
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388

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