2012 A Year of Steady Progress

Dear Friends, As 2012 draws to a close, we are pleased to report that we are closer than ever to our goal of protecting and perfecting the views to and from America’s most magnificent capitol campus setting. Planning and funding to create the Capitol Olympic Vista Park are advancing steadily. Three important recent developments are: the city of Olympia has allocated an additional $700,000 for land acquisition for the Park; we may be in line to...

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Council wise to proceed cautiously on isthmus issues

July 22, 2012 – Olympian Editorial www.theolympian.com Any one with an ounce of civic pride views the vacant properties between Capitol Lake and Budd Inlet – commonly known as the isthmus – as a blight on what should be “a jewel of the South Sound befitting a capital city,” as Olympia Mayor Stephen Buxbaum put it this week. Click here to find out more! Despite being elected largely with the support of those working for a park on the site,...

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Owners of Capitol Center Complex Agree to Option for Sale of Property

We want to let you know about two very important developments in our four-year effort to remove the “mistake by the lake” and create the Capitol Olympic Vista Park on the Olympia Isthmus. First, the owners of the Capitol Center Building have signed option agreements with The Trust for Public Land (TPL) to sell their properties on the Isthmus for $9.995 million. The sale of these two acres would include the nine story building, the...

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$1 Million for Isthmus

The Olympia City Council on December 13th approved a $1 million allocation to help with land acquisition on the Isthmus to establish the Capitol-Olympic Vista Park. Here is a brief description of the purpose of the funds as described in the Capital Facilities Plan. This is the first time the City has designated funding for the Park. This new allocation provides the initial matching funds required under terms of the $600,000 Conservation Futures...

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Capitol Vista voted #1

The landscaped grounds and majestic buildings of the capitol campus in Olympia make it one of the  most beautiful capitols in the nation.  The campus itself is lovely, with grand buildings, cherry blossom trees, landscaped gardens, and poignant memorials.  Add the sweeping views across Capitol Lake to Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, and you have a postcard-perfect setting. While you’re at it, don’t forget to stroll around...

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Hearings Examiner decision

Olympia Hearings Examiner, Thomas Bjorgen, issued a decision that upheld the request of the owners of the Capitol Center Building (the mistake by the lake) for a change of use permit to allow the building to be converted into a hotel. However, the hearings examiner conditioned the permit by prohibiting any hotel related use of any of the property within shoreline jurisdiction (200 feet from Capitol Lake or Budd Inlet) including use of the two...

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$600K awarded to OCPF

The Thurston County Board of Commissioners agreed, unanimously, to award a $600,000 Conservation Futures grant to assist with land acquisition on the Isthmus for Phase I in the development of the Capitol/Olympic Vista Park. Phase I includes the western part of the Isthmus that was previously proposed for high-rise condominium development. The grant was conditioned upon our ability to raise an additional $1 million within one year, and the...

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Bankruptcy postpones auction of isthmus property

The development company that proposed high-end condominiums on the downtown isthmus filed for bankruptcy Friday, forestalling a foreclosure auction on two isthmus properties that was also scheduled Friday. Capital Shores Investments LLC, which includes local developer Tri Vo, filed for Chapter 11 protection in federal bankruptcy court. The foreclosure auction has been postponed until April 22, said Terrence J. Donahue of Eisenhower &...

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Triway Enterprises defaults on property

Tri Vo, the developer who planned to build condominiums, retail space, and offices in two separate buildings on the isthmus in downtown Olympia, defaults on loan payments and First Citizens Band & Trust Co. is foreclosing on the properties.  An auction will occur today at 10am outside the Thurston County Courthouse. Read The Olympian article here.

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Council votes 5-2 for 35 foot height limit

The Olympia City Council voted 5-2 Tuesday night to permanently return building-height limits on the downtown isthmus to 35 feet, but in a new zone that bans other uses, such as hotels and light industry. A final vote on the zoning will happen at next week’s meeting. Read The Olympian article here

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