Bainbridge council may lease park land for boating center project

The Bainbridge Island City Council will consider a lease with Bainbridge Island Rowing to rent a portion of the city's land at Waterfront Park for the nonprofit's new boating center building.

The council got its initial look at the proposed 30-year lease at its Aug. 4 meeting.

Bainbridge Island Rowing has an existing lease with the city, approved in 2007, that allows the organization to store its rowing shells and equipment at the park.

The rowing club wants to construct a permanent boating center at the park, however, and city officials want to get a new agreement in place as work continues on the redevelopment of the park.

Under the proposed lease, Bainbridge Island Rowing will not pay rent, but will offer classes to the public. The rowing club will also pay for the construction of the boating center, and will allow the city to use the facility at no charge.

The council is expected to vote on the proposed lease at its Monday, Aug. 11 meeting.

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