City Council votes to begin marketing 'surplus' land areas south of Clackamas River

Two resolutions were passed Dec. 12 when Gladstone councilors unanimously approved selling two parcels of city-owned property now declared surplus.

Councilors approved a resolution involving 16475 Main St., a piece of property on the Oregon City side of the Clackamas River. The site has been the source of complaints of garbage and illegal dumping stemming from illegal camping and homeless people on the property. Gladstone officials decided it is not beneficial for the city to be responsible for this property.

Earth Crusaders-River Of Life Center, a nonprofit that engages youth in local environmental landscaping and training to be tour guides, had been responsible for the property in exchange for free rent for 23 years. The Gladstone City Council voted in 2015 to end Earth Crusaders' lease.

Since last month's resolution was passed to sell the property, the process of declaring it surplus and putting it on the market is to begin right away. Its final sale will require a May vote of citizens, since it could be used as a park. Measures approved by voters in 2016 require a public vote if the city ever intends to sell potential public parkland for private development.

Clackamas River Drive was the next piece of property that was discussed by city officials on Dec. 12. This is a property that is very steep and was donated to Gladstone many years ago.

City Manager Jacque Betz said during this discussion, "it drained our budget that we have for hazardous removal of trees that we could be using in our own city parks." Betz went on to say, "Our recommendation is that any proceeds [from selling the property] will go into our park budget for future projects."

RE/MAX broker Kasra Shakerin told Gladstone officials that the Main Street property has a view of the Clackamas River, which will make it more valuable per acre when it goes on the market. Shakerin thinks Gladstone can get between $125,000 and $175,000 for the 0.45-acre commercially zoned property.

As for the other property, it's a 7-acre lot zoned for a single-family residence northeast of 13500 S. Clackamas River Drive. Shakerin estimated the value of the property at $165,000.

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