Arlie execs offer to help save land near Buford.Byline: Jack Moran The Register-Guard
A nonprofit A corporation or an association that conducts business for the benefit of the general public without shareholders and without a profit motive.
Nonprofits are also called not-for-profit corporations. Nonprofit corporations are created according to state law. foundation established by executives of the Eugene-based development firm Arlie & Co. wants to help buy and preserve for the public 1,400 acres of privately owned land adjacent to the Howard Buford Recreation Area.
The Arlie officials announced Monday that they are working with the Friends of Buford Park and Mount Pisgah Mount Pisgah is the name of several mountains and places: Mountains
If they're successful, the valued riverfront riv·er·front
The land or property along a river. acreage would be added to the existing county park and maintained for public use.
The land is bounded to the north by the Middle Fork of the Willamette River Willamette River
River, northwestern Oregon, U.S. It flows north for 300 mi (485 km) into the Columbia River near Portland. Oregon's most populous cities are in its valley. The Fremont Bridge, a steel arch with a main span of 1,225 ft (373 m), crosses the river at Portland. and to the south by Buford Park.
Wildish outlined a plan to build homes on the 1,400 acres in a Measure 37 claim the company filed earlier this year with Lane County. Wildish says that land use restrictions imposed by government after Wildish bought the land now limit uses to timber, agriculture and mining. Under Measure 37, property owners whose land has been devalued de·val·ue also de·val·u·ate
v. de·val·ued also de·valu·at·ed, de·val·u·ing also de·val·u·at·ing, de·val·ues also de·val·u·ates
1. To lessen or cancel the value of. by government restrictions can seek to have the restrictions waived or be paid compensation.
Arlie officials say they share park supporters' interest in seeing the Wildish property kept undeveloped.
"There is strong public sentiment that putting a housing development in that area would not only harm the wildlife and natural habitat, but would also severely impact the quality of recreation for thousands of people throughout Lane County," said Sadie Dressekie, Arlie & Co. marketing director.
"Protecting this property from development and extending Howard Buford Park would be a wonderful legacy for our community, and we want to work with the Wildish family to ensure that this happens."
Arlie officials aren't ready to say how much the foundation would be willing to contribute toward the purchase. Unless Wildish is willing to donate a portion of the property for park use, the acquisition probably would cost millions of dollars.
"It's too early to throw numbers around," Dressekie said. "We would love to fund the entire acquisition, but we don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. what the price will be."
The Buford Park group already has initiated talks with Wildish officials relating to relating to relate prep → concernant
relating to relate prep → bezüglich +gen, mit Bezug auf +acc the potential purchase.
The park group approached Arlie officials after learning that the nonprofit foundation headed by local developer John Musumeci and his wife, Suzanne Arlie, might be interested in the preservation effort.
"We stand ready to raise funds, allocate staff and mobilize mo·bi·lize
1. To make mobile or capable of movement.
2. To restore the power of motion to a joint.
3. To release into the body, as glycogen from the liver. volunteers to enhance the habitat and recreational amenities on this parcel," park group Director Chris Orsinger said Monday.
`On (Arlie's) side, the directors of the foundation have extensive real estate experience and a strong track record in successfully negotiating complex land transactions.'
Arlie Foundation President Suzanne Arlie signed a memorandum of understanding A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is a legal document describing a bilateral or multilateral agreement between parties. It expresses a convergence of will between the parties, indicating an intended common line of action and may not imply a legal commitment. on July 31 with Friends of Buford Park. Under the agreement, the foundation has the exclusive rights to negotiate with Wildish a purchase agreement that is acceptable to the foundation and the parks group. According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. the memo of understanding, either side can back out of the memo if it wishes to.
Orsinger said Florence Mayor Phil Brubaker recommended he contact Arlie officials. The Arlie foundation last year offered $250,000 to the city for the purchase of 80 acres of property across the Siuslaw River The Siuslaw River (pronounced sigh YOU slaw) is a river, approximately 110 mi (177 km) long, along the Pacific coast of Oregon in the United States. It drains an area of approximately 4560 sq mi (11900 km²) in the Central Oregon Coast Range southwest of the Willamette from Florence's Old Town, in order to preserve it for public use. Ultimately that money was not needed because the state Park and Recreation Commission stepped in to buy the land.
As for the Wildish property, company officials say they are discussing its future with a variety of interested parties, including private developers.
"We've been engaged in a dialogue with the Friends of Buford Park, and we're happy to do that," said Randy Hledik, Wildish's director of general services. "But there are others with an interest in it as well. Right now, we're pursuing our Measure 37 claim and leaving all of our options open."