PORT OF SEATTLE 

 

MEMORANDUM

 

 

COMMISSION AGENDA 

 

Item No. 

5e 

 

Date of Meeting 

June 9, 2009 

DATE:

 

May 6, 2009 

 
TO:

 

Tay Yoshitani, Chief Executive Officer 

 
FROM:

 

Diane Summerhays, Director, Aviation Community Development 

 

 

Craig R. Watson, General Counsel 

 

SUBJECT:

     Request for Port Commission authorization for the General Counsel to enter into 

a Stipulation for Immediate Use and Possession of Port property being 
condemned by the City of Des Moines for a proposed misdemeanant correctional 
facility. 

 

SYNOPSIS 

 
This request is for authorization for the General Counsel to enter into a Stipulation for Immediate 
Use and Possession of Port property being condemned by the City of Des Moines. 
 

BACKGROUND 

 

The Port of Seattle property depicted on the attached map was identified by SCORE (South 
Correctional Entity), an interagency coalition comprised of the cities of Auburn, Des Moines, 
Federal Way, Renton, Burien, Tukwila and SeaTac, as the location for a new misdemeanant 
correctional facility.  In April 2009, the City of Des Moines (City) moved to acquire the property 
from the Port through a condemnation action.   
 
The property was acquired by the Port primarily for noise mitigation.  It is in a remote area south 
of SeaTac International Airport, adjacent to the SR509 old right of way and 208

th

 Street.  No 

aviation-related use has been identified for the parcel.  Consistent with Federal Aviation 
Administration requirements, restrictions will be incorporated into the agreement with the City to 
ensure the property will be used in a manner compatible with an airport environment. 
 
SCORE‚Äôs plans call for commencing construction of the facility by August 2009.  However, the 
Port and the City have not reached agreement on the fair market value of the property.  In 
addition, road access to the facility is under negotiation.  To meet its construction goal pending 
resolution of these issues, SCORE is requesting possession of the property effective August 1, 
2009 through a Stipulation for Immediate Use and Possession.  As required under condemnation 
law, SCORE will pay the Port its appraised value for the property at the time it takes possession.  

 
 

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