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Business group opposes city buying Kilworth

By ERICA HALL

The Mirror

The Federal Way Chamber of Commerce announced last week it doesn’t support Federal Way’s possible purchase of Camp Kilworth, the 25-acre, 75-year-old camp site that the Boy Scouts’ Pacific Harbors Council decided to put on the market earlier this year.

City officials began looking into whether it would be feasible for the city to buy the site after several former Scouts and other citizens urged the city to save the property. The Pacific Harbors Council is willing to sell the property to a private developer who has offered $3 million and use the money to improve its larger, more modern campsites in Kitsap and Thurston counties.

City officials extended a Sept. 15 deadline to review a possible purchase. The city now has until Oct. 14 to make a decision.

But Bob Hitchcock, recent president of the Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors, told the City Council last week the business group’s board voted unanimously to oppose the purchase.

“Where in the city’s budget will the money come from to purchase, restore and maintain this park?” he asked, adding the council should focus on “a strong local economy.”

Staff writer Erica Hall: 925-5565, ehall@fedwaymirror.com

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