City gets more time to make deal for Kilworth


The Mirror

Negotiations have begun in the city of Federal Way’s attempt to buy Camp Kilworth from the Boy Scouts.

The Scouts’ Pacific Harbors Council, which operates the waterfront site, has given the city about three months to get an independent appraisal of its value and try to close a deal, both sides announced Wednesday.

Pacific Harbors’ board of directors had set Wednesday as the deadline for Federal Way to try to buy Kilworth. The deadline was in response to an appeal by city officials and citizens for additional time to make a deal and preserve the land for the public.

City manager David Moseley and Doug Dillow, Scout executive of the Pacific Harbors Council, met Tuesday and agreed to open negotiations.

Dillow said a developer’s offer to buy the property, reportedly for at least $3 million, still stands. “We will keep our options open,” he said.

Pacific Harbors, whose membership of 17,500-plus includes Scouts in south King County and all or parts of seven other counties, wants to spend the proceeds from selling Kilworth on upgrading other Scouts camps in Mason and Thurston counties that are used more heavily than Kilworth.

The 25-acre Kilworth property in the Dash Point area has been in Scout control and used for Scouting and other public activities since the 1930s.

Norris Homes would build high-end homes on the property. Dillow said the company’s owner, John Norris, is still interested in buying the land but has agreed “to allow the city the time it needs.”

Moseley said “meaningful negotiations” between Federal Way and the Scouts requires a fair-market valuation “because the city needs to be a good steward of the public’s money.”

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