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Sequim buys vacant downtown property

March 13th, 2013 - 6:00am

(Sequim) -- The city of Sequim is buying a piece of land on the northeast corner of Sequim Avenue and Washington Street.

The city council agreed to the purchase for $215,000.

Locals will recognize the land as a vacant parking area adjacent to the "Over the Fence" store. But before that, it was a Gull Oil Company gas station.

Sequim Mayor, Ken Hays, approached Gull about a possible sale of the property.

One of the contingencies of the sale is an enviornmental study since the land was once the site of a gas station. Further study is necessary, because of the property's history prior to Gull Oil.

City Manager, Steve Burkett says there are no specific plans for development of the property, but city ownership would allow the city flexibility as development opportunities arise.

Until the site is developed, the city plans to use the prime downtown location during public events, such as the Irrigation Festival and the Sequim Lavender Weekend.

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