Bishop Considers Future Purchase of DWP Parking Lots

As DWP considers the sale of some leased property in Eastern Sierra towns, the City of Bishop may have the option to buy City parking lots from Los Angeles.

At the City Council meeting Monday night, City Administrator Rick Pucci explained that he had received an invitation from DWP to attend a meeting to discuss possible sales of leased land in the Eastern Sierra.

DWP officials have explained that the City of Los Angeles has explored the possibility of selling off over 100 parcels of land from Lone Pine to Lee Vining, with the majority of the parcels of land in Bishop. DWP staff has since sent out letters to current lessees to ask for their input on potential sales.

According to Pucci, Los Angeles plans to discuss the sale of the parking lots. The City of Bishop leases the City Park from Los Angeles, but the park is not part of these discussions. Pucci says that the City of Bishop leases eight parking lots in downtown Bishop, along with the pocket park next to Amigos Restaurant.

If the possibility of a sale arises, so too will the question of whether or not a sale is worth the effort. The City of Bishop currently leases these parcels for $1000 a year per lot, and pays the taxes on the property.

Pucci said that DWP staff is expected to discuss these issues at a Bishop City Council meeting in July.

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