Woman’s fight against City of Seattle will continue, even in death

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MyNorthwest.com: A property rights fight near Seattle’s waterfront will continue, despite the death of the property owner.

Late last year, the Seattle City Council voted to used its powers of eminent domain to take the parking lot owned by a 103-year-old Spokane woman named Myrtle Woldson.

The city asked her to sell. She refused. So the city council simply voted to condemn the property and take it.

What got so many people fired up about this case is that the city wasn’t going to do anything different with the property.

It was planning to use the 130-car parking lot as a parking lot. It just wanted the revenue from the lot for the city’s bottom line. The city continues to need a lot of parking on the waterfront during the construction of the much-delayed tunnel project.

Woldson planned to fight city hall all the way. KIRO Radio learned Thursday that Woldson died over the weekend at the age of 104.

Gary Beck manages and operates the 130-car lot on Western Avenue for Woldson. “You just don’t know how much stress this put on her trying to fight the city from what I think is illegal,” he said.

So far, the city has not moved on its plans to take “Myrtle’s Lot,” as its known, and Beck said he will continue to operate the lot for her estate. “We’ll continue to operate it until such time as we’re told by her estate or by attorneys whether the city wins or not,” he said.

It’s expected that Woldson’s estate will continue to fight the city should it make the move to take her property.

Woldson was a well-known philanthropist in Spokane who donated millions of dollars to a variety of charities. She was independently wealthy, as the daughter of the owner of Northern Pacific Railway.

Beck said she was an incredible lady. “She was sharp all the way up until she passed away,” he said. “She was just amazing. Tough. She knew what she wanted, and she went out and got it.”

Woldson’s funeral will be held Monday. For now, the parking lot is still in her name.




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0 responses to “Woman’s fight against City of Seattle will continue, even in death

  1. truly pathetic…bullying through eminent domain…nothing “eminent” about trying to take away someone’s livelihood so they can take the profits for themselves. God bless her.
    RIP Myrtle.

  2. Theft by any other name…

  3. Absolutely incredible! The principal of “eminent domain” was never intended to shift property to government entities, so that they could profit from running the same business. Every single one of the people who sit on the City Council needs to be recalled. What’s to say the government will want to take over either your or my business–to profit from.

  4. Completely illegal & unjust [see “Ideas Have Consequences”] but as one who lived near there for several years, I’m not surprised.

    Give ’em Hell, Myrtle from wherever you are!

  5. What else would you expect from a city of liberals?

  6. Let’s hope her Attorneys are successful in stopping the City in their tracks. As I understand it,Imminent Domain can only be used if that SPECIFIC property is needed for a SPECIFIC use,and no other location can work. Sounds to me like good Attorneys could shoot the City’s plan full of holes. If they succeed,I hope she torments each one involved to their graves.

  7. “They” meaning the City’s representatives who are pushing this Travesty.


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