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Monson feedlot sale set to close within weeks

The former Monson feedlot property could be Sunnyside's as soon as next week.

The city agreed to purchase the 150-acre site between Sunnyside and Outlook about three years ago and last August took ownership of half of the property.

According to an extension agreement, the Monsons were given until the end of April 2007 to complete clean-up and compost removal at the site.

That target was reached by the extended deadline, said City Manager Bob Stockwell.

He noted the Monsons are selling compost on property they own just north of the former feedlot. Stockwell said the deal stipulates the Monsons cannot run a feedlot within 20 square miles of the Sunnyside city limits.

Stockwell said the title transfer may take place in as early as a week or two. At that time, the city will pay the remaining $750,000 it owes on the $2.5 million land deal.

In purchasing the land, the city wanted to eliminate the cattle waste smells the site produced and sell the acreage for industrial or commercial development.

Job one is done, as the cattle and the smells are gone from the 150-acre site.

After closing on the sale, the city's next step is to apply for $25,000 in county funds for a master plan design to help market the property.

This December, county commissioners will likely approve Sunnyside's move to add the Monson property into its urban grown area, setting the stage for annexation as early as next Spring.

Stockwell said he has heard from some individuals expressing interest in the property, which lies near Exit 63 off of I-82. He said any purchase price would include running water and sewer to the site.

Possible uses for the site, or portions of it, could include a mix of commercial and light industrial elements.

"We're very interested in any proposal that fits into that part of the community and generates good jobs," says Stockwell.

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