Palma Ciea appraisal complicated

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes As it turns out, getting an appraisal on Palma Ciea Park isn’t that simple. Earlier this year, members of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board proposed to see what the value of the park was. The park is on the Willamette River but for the most part isn’t developed and would be hard to develop on. Keizer resident Gary Blake, who lives near the park, immediately took the process to mean the city was trying to sell the property and quickly voiced strenuous objections. While selling the property was one possibility, Parks Board members emphasized no decisions had been made, with solid numbers needed before any decision could be made. The issue was forwarded to the Keizer City Council, with councilors directing staff to get an appraisal done. City Attorney Shannon Johnson gave an update on the process during the Dec. 7 council meeting. There was more discussion during the following night’s Parks Board meeting. Johnson said staff determined the configuration of the property, including the location of the river wall and power lines coming over the river, make the property difficult to sell. It was figured there would be at most two small buildable lots, which could be classified as riverfront lots. The situation got thornier when an appraiser found an old plat showed the park was dedicated to the public...

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