Vancouver declares former Humane Society shelter site surplus; property will be up for sale

By Stephanie Rice, Columbian Vancouver city government reporter

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A city-owned property that used to house the Humane Society for Southwest Washington was declared surplus Tuesday by the Vancouver City Council.

The property, at the Port of Vancouver, will be put up for sale.

The city acquired the site through a property exchange with the Humane Society. Proceeds will be credited to the city's water fund, as the property is listed as a water fund asset.

In July, the property was appraised at $450,000, with a value of $500,000 minus $50,000 for the future demolition of the two buildings, said Linda Carlson, property management specialist for the city.

According to the Clark County Assessor's Office, the building and land have a total assessed value of $580,000.

The 40,847-square-foot property includes two buildings totaling 10,890 square feet, Carlson said.

The buildings have been empty since 2009, when the Humane Society moved into a new, larger facility in east Vancouver.

The city council did not discuss the property before voting to declare it surplus.

A staff report recommended selling the property, 2121 St. Francis Lane, because it had been determined the city had no use for it.

Theresa Wagner, communications manager for the Port of Vancouver, said Tuesday the port does not plan to buy the property. While the port primarily leases space to tenants, it does have businesses that own parcels.

Stephanie Rice: 360-735-4508 or stephanie.rice@columbian.com.