The Marina City Council will look at another piece of land Wednesday for a possible sale to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Two weeks ago the council voted against selling five acres of vacant duneland in Preston Park sought by the Mormon church for a new meeting house. Preston Park residents expressed opposition, and the council thought already-disturbed Fort Ord land would be a better site for the church.
Councilman David Brown asked for a reconsideration of the Feb. 5 decision. But interim City Manager Doug Yount said in a Feb. 14 memo that church officials are no longer interested in the Preston Park site "given the perceived controversy in this site."
Instead, Yount said the church's interest in another site — the old ball field in the Cypress Knolls project area — could provide an "elegant compromise" to allow the church project to go forward while preserving the Preston Park open space and parkland.
"To avoid a maelstrom of complaints regarding this reconsideration, this new information is being provided to the City Council and the public," Yount wrote.
LDS church officials prefer the old ball field site to others in Cypress Knolls and elsewhere in Marina, his memo says.
Until the recent termination of a negotiating agreement with Silverado Homes, much of the city-owned Cypress Knolls land was tied up in a proposed senior community.
"This new site ...
The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District has expressed no further interest in the ball field site, he said.
Also Wednesday, the Marina council will consider:
· Allowing the Marina Coast Water District board to use the City Council chambers for its biweekly meetings.
· Hiring MuniServices LLC of Fresno to do a study of the city's transient occupancy tax (hotel tax) to improve compliance.
· Approving a use permit to Marina Motorsports Inc. to use the south tarmac at the Marina Airport for motor sports events.
Larry Parsons can be reached at 646-4379 or lparsons@montereyherald.
If you go
What: Marina City Council meeting
When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday
Where: City Council chambers, 211 Hillcrest Ave., Marina
If you go