PT residents, scouts upset with property sale
August 12th, 2004 - 6:26am

(Port Townsend) -- Boy Scouts in Port Townsend have traditionally earned their badges in a fir-log cabin built 70 years ago on a wooded acre with a sweeping view. But the old Scout House property has been sold by the Chief Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts. Locals say the transaction happened without warning and for too little cash. In April, the Seattle-based council accepted an unsolicited bid of 480-thousand dollars from local developer and former Port Townsend City Councilman Vern Garrison. The property went on the market last week, divided into six lots with a combined selling price of two-point-two-five (m) million dollars. About 700 people have signed petitions to save it from development. The Chief Seattle Council insists it got a fair price for the property, which its appraiser assessed at 420-thousand dollars. Local real estate agent Barbara Bogart wonders while the council didn't get a second opinion.



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