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  • 1997–Randy Varga sells Lot B (Tot Lot) to COBI with a “Declaration of Covenants, Easements and Restrictions,” calling for preservation of Park and art studio.
    2003–Jim Laughlin owns Hoskinson property, tries–unsuccessfully–to develop it over next 12 years.
    2005–Carol King buys Oliver House.
    2009 Lot B transferred to Parks department.
    Councilwoman Debbie Vancil and Mayor Darlene Kordonowy on Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council. Kordonowy on Executive Board, Economic Development District.
    Kitsap County Assessor’s Office reports no building–or use restrictions–on property.
    Land value jumps nearly 80%
    Address change from 590 to 598.
    2011–I’m Served notice to vacate studio by Parks attorney, Ryan Vancil.
    I find the 1997 declarations of Covenants, Easements and Restrictions.
    Meetings with Parks in order to save studio for public art space.
    Restrictions emailed to Parks.
    I email restrictions to Chuck Knobloch who forwards to ‘09 City Attorney.
    City Attorney says there is no merit to my claims.
    A group of citizens expressed disagreement with Park’s decision to demolish studio. The 1997 declarations were cited during, at least, 2 Parks Board meetings.
    Front page article in Kitsap Sun where Lande acknowledges the restrictions.
    Fall–Destruction of studio.
    2014– The 2014/15 tax report claims a non-existent, pole frame building.
    Address on tax report remains 598 while that of actual lot is changed back to 590.
    2015– January–Jim Laughlin buys Oliver House from Carol King. The ’97 restrictions accompany the sale deed.
    In an effort to connect Hoskinson and Oliver House properties, Laughlin/Burns present the design for Wyatt Cottages development to Design Revew Board with Parks as co-applicant. It is assumed the swap will occur. In the application, Laughlin and Burns declare there are no legal impediments to swap. COBI project manager Josh Machen says the land swap decision is not within the purview of the City.
    Outcry from citizens over swap.
    I give copy of ‘97 restrictions to Val Tollefson.
    City Attorney advises Council it is their obligation to enforce Parks adherence to 1997 use restrictions.
    Swap proposal withdrawn.
    Val promises Council will record conservation easement, which would preserve Tot Lot in perpetuity.
    In a sudden turnaround, the Council decides to ignore City Attorney’s advice and delay recording of conservation easement. They decide to leave disposal of easements to Parks, developer, and Madison Cottages community.
    At July Parks Board meeting, Lande denies knowledge of the restrictions when swap was proposed.
    “Plan B” to allow access road in order to connect Hoskinson & Oliver House properties.
    Continued negotiations on plan C–D?