Whitecliff School and property
By Jackie Williams
May 07, 2007
Dear Sitnews, Community and Borough Assembly Members,
On the 5/7/07 Agenda, Item
09b is in regard to the ongoing Auction and sale price of
the Whitecliff School and property.
The bid process for Borough Surplus Properties has already begun
and is currently being advertised and includes the Whitecliff
School and property. The auction will take place on Thursday,
May 31, 2007 at 10 AM in the Ted Ferry Civic Center.
The minimum bid of $500,000 is below the 2007 assessed value
of $568,800 @for the land alone. Add in the building at $533,400
for a total assessed value of $1,122,200. As I understand the
assessed value is always below market value.
The initial minimum bid was $20,000. I would still like to know
who and how that price was determined. Wiser minds decided it
was a giveaway at that price and could become a situation in
which an entity or non-profit might be able to purchase it but
not improve or build anew. In such an instance an entity or non-profit
just might be standing at the podium asking for funding for an
expensive project that they couldn ft afford to begin with. It
would be nice if the Borough would at least get the cost of upkeep
for the last few years and the $98,000 spent on evaluation for
the Whitecliff (Schoencliff) Center.
The following is a cut and paste of the body of the Agenda request:
On February 5, 2007, the Assembly approved Resolution No. 2025
which established the minimum bid prices, terms and conditions
for the sale of Borough properties scheduled for disposal in
the Spring of 2007. Staff has been advertising the properties
and received numerous calls regarding most of the properties
from interested parties; however, few calls have been received
regarding the former White Cliff School Those few calls were
generally to inquire on the current zoning (which is public lands
and institutions) and to confirm it would need to be rezoned
for commercial or residential use.
During the Assembly budget work session on April 23 the potential
revenue from the spring sale was discussed and several members
expressed concern that the minimum bid price for the former White
Cliff School may have been set too high. Staff advised the Assembly
that the appropriate method for reducing the minimum bid price
would be to approve a subsequent resolution prior to the date
of the auction, which is scheduled for May 31. Resolution No.
2035 has been drafted for this purpose.
Resolution No. 2035 also addresses an issue that has recently
been raised by the State Attorney General's office in that they
have indicated they may file suit to assert a superior claim
to one or more parcels which the Borough has foreclosed upon.
A copy of the letter from the State is attached. Contrary to
the statement in the letter, none of the parcels they address
were listed in the sale list attached to Resolution No. 2025
but it is possible that the State may make a similar claim with
respect to a parcel which is listed for sale in the auction.
While the Borough disputes the position taken by the State and
maintains, based upon a recent Superior Court order in another
case, that the Borough's tax lien is not extinguished by State
action cancelling a sales contract, it would be prudent to allow
the Manager the flexibility to respond to any such suit in a
manner which does not delay the auction of the remaining parcels.
The language in section 3 of Resolution 2035 is in!
tended to provide the Manager with this latitude. (end of Agenda
Is that a "scare tactic" about the Sate of Alaska bringing
suite or just a way for the Mangers office to get more glatitude
Hmmm, how much easier would it be to get the zoning changed if
the minimum bid price were reduced? The Borough can change the
zoning or an individual can make a request to have it rezoned.
OR keep the zoning as is and build Borough Offices on the site.
New Borough Offices are a great need NOW. It's going to cost
an enormous amount no matter where they get built.
I think it most prudent to stick to the plan already implemented
then if it doesn ft sell that would be the time for reconsideration
in regard to the Whitecliff School property.
Go to:Assembly Meeting Packet May 07, 2007: Item
Received May 05, 2007 - Published May 07, 2007
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