State Parks Commission announces second Saint Edward Seminary meeting

State adds Jan. 9 conference call, available at Kenmore City Hall

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will have not one but two special meetings in January to discuss the future of the Seminary Building at Saint Edward State Park.

The first meeting, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Jan. 5 at Bastyr University in Kenmore, will be to hear public comments on the proposed 62-year lease of the seminary to Daniels Real Estate of Seattle, which plans to turn the building into a lodge.

For those unable to attend the first meeting, public comments submitted through 5 p.m. Jan. 4 to will be made available to the commission prior to the Jan. 5 special meeting. Questions and comments for the commission also can be mailed to: Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Partnerships and Planning, 1111 Israel Road SW, Tumwater, WA 98501.

The second meeting will be held to take action to authorize the state parks director to execute the exchange and lease agreements with Daniels Real Estate. This meeting was added to ensure commissioners have adequate time to contemplate public comments and information from the environmental review process, and to comply with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) requirements, according to a release from Washington State Parks. The action on the lease was originally scheduled to happen at the Jan. 5 meeting.

The second meeting will take place over a conference call at 9 a.m. Jan. 9 at Washington State Parks headquarters in the Moran Room at 1111 Israel Road SW in Tumwater. Those interested can also listen in on the meeting at Kenmore City Hall. No public testimony will be taken at this meeting.