The city of Marina may sell five acres of the city's Preston Park land to the Mormon Church.
The church and city officials have been talking for several months about a site for a 19,000- to 22,000-square-foot church meeting house in Marina.
A council report says the church was interested in three different sites: the Marina Heights project area, the Preston Park "sports complex" area and the Cypress Knolls project area.
The City Council ruled out Marina Heights, and the church in October submitted an offer to buy four to five acres in Preston Park, the report says.
The council, in closed session, directed staff to prepare for negotiations with the church for the Preston Park property.
Before the council Tuesday will be a proposed exclusive negotiating agreement that calls for a deal to be worked out by Dec. 31, with a provision for a 90-day extension. The negotiations would cover a range of items, including the purchase price and project plans.
The sports complex site comprises about 16 acres of open dunes that are part of the city's parks and recreation master plan.
The site is large enough "to accommodate a church and still provide the area needed for planned recreation improvements," the council report says.
The church meeting hall would have facilities that could be used by existing Preston Park residents, and the church hall would provide a presence "that would increase security for the park and ... residents," the report says.
Also Tuesday, the Marina council will consider:
· Seeking state approval for Marina to join the Salinas Valley Enterprise Zone. The zone, one of 42 in the state, was set up in 2009 and now includes Salinas, Gonzales, Soledad, Greenfield, King City and the Castroville Industrial Park.
· Hiring former county planning official Dale Ellis as a consultant to develop a recreational vehicle ordinance. The cost would be $5,400.
Larry Parsons can be reached at 646-4379 or email@example.com.
If you go
·What: Marina City Council
·When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday
·Where: Council chambers, 211 Hillcrest Ave., Marina
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