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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department received three bids for surplus property near Monroe

October 25, 2017

Salem OR -- Between September 22 and October 17, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) accepted sealed bids from parties interested in purchasing an undeveloped 38-acre parcel near the Benton-Lane County border. The property was appraised at $356,000, and the department received three bids ranging from $136,000 to $255,750. OPRD staff will recommend the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission accept the highest bid at its regular public business meeting on November 15, 2017 in Cascade Locks. The sale is contingent on the commission's approval.

The bids received were from Shiloh Forestry of Eugene ($255,570), Lochmead Farms of Junction City ($250,000), and Goshen Forest Products of Eugene ($136,000). All three bids were submitted correctly and were reviewed by OPRD real estate staff and managers.

The property on 99W was formerly used as a highway wayside, but the restroom and sewage systems failed ten years ago and the facilities were removed. The property has been considered a candidate for disposal since 2014, and department property staff prepared it for sale in 2017. As required by state law, the property was first offered to other public agencies before being considered for public sale, but there were no takers.

If the sale is completed, the funds will be placed in a special account used for property transactions that improve the overall state park system. The parcel offered for sale was originally acquired in 1926.

More information on the sale is available online at http://bit.ly/WashburneWSpropertysale, or from Kammie Bunes, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Right of Way Agent, at 503-986-0630 (kammie.bunes@oregon.gov). The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission meets five times per year, and more information on the meeting will be available online at http://bit.ly/november2017agenda in early November.