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File #: RES PH 15-70    Version: 1
Type: Resolution-Public Hearing Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 3/4/2015
Title: Approving the petition of James Waldo to vacate part of platted Phalen Avenue adjacent to 1444 East Shore Drive, and to purchase a parcel of adjacent city parkland to be diverted for private use.
Sponsors: Dan Bostrom
Attachments: 1. Exhibit A - Legal Descriptions and Depiction, 2. Parks & Recreation Commission Resolution
Related files: RES PH 15-133
Title
Approving the petition of James Waldo to vacate part of platted Phalen Avenue adjacent to 1444 East Shore Drive, and to purchase a parcel of adjacent city parkland to be diverted for private use.

Body
WHEREAS, the City of Saint Paul ("City") has received a petition from James Waldo ("Petitioner") to vacate part of platted Phalen Avenue adjacent to Petitioner's residential property at 1444 East Shore Drive, Saint Paul, said vacation area legally described in the paragraph labeled "Overall Phalen Avenue Vacation Description" on the survey drawing attached hereto as Exhibit A; and

WHEREAS, the City has determined that there is no longer a public purpose for maintaining its right-of-way rights within the vacation area; and

WHEREAS, if the vacation is approved, the south half of the vacation area, legally described in the paragraph labeled "South Half of Phalen Avenue Vacation Description" on the survey drawing attached hereto as Exhibit A (the "Park Property"), would accrue to existing city parkland; and

WHEREAS, Petitioner has further petitioned, in Financial Services Real Estate file number 01-PKLDVRS-2015, to purchase the Park Property in order to assemble all of the vacation area with his residential property; and

WHEREAS, the Department of Parks and Recreation ("Department") determined that the Park Property would not be used for parks and recreation purposes as it is small, undevelopable and in an unusable location, and therefore the Department recommended support of the request to the Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Commission ("Commission"); and

WHEREAS, the Commission supported the request for Petitioner's purchase of the Park Property, as stated in its resolution, Number 15-01, adopted February 11, 2015, a copy of which is attached for reference only; and

WHEREAS, the City recommends the sale of the Park Property to Petitioner, and Petitioner has agreed to pay just compensation as determined by an independent appraisal pursuant to Section 13.0...

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