City wants advice on use of Silvers property

By Terri Harber December 10, 2012 12:07 pm

By Terri Harber

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Baker City’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee will host an open house on Wednesday, Dec. 12, regarding proposed redevelopment of the former Silvers property.

The open house will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at City Hall, 1655 First St.

The residential site at 1935 Clifford St. was given to the city by its owner, the late Anthony Silvers, who wanted the property used in some way to benefit the community.

The Clifford Street property is east of Central Park, on the other side of the Powder River, between Valley and Washington avenues.

Some people would like to see it made into another park of some type, perhaps a tot lot.

Some community members are looking into obtaining grants to pay for equipment, for example.

Others — including some members of the City Council and some of those who live near the property— would prefer the city give back the Clifford Street property to Silvers’ family.

It would automatically return to the family if the city doesn’t use the property as Silvers intended within five years of the original bequeathment. 

The Parks and Recreation Committe has been looking at ways the location could be used to benefit the community.

The site was cleaned up by volunteers, who removed an accumulation of dead and overgrown plants.

Emergency personnel have used the site for training exercises. The two structures aren’t considered safe for occupancy.

Silvers also bequeathed about $800,000 in savings and investment money he’d earned during his life. That money is the principal for a fund to pay for the care and planting of street trees, as he requested.

Silvers owned The Anthony, a dinner house that operated in two different Baker City locations over the years. He also owned the Chocolate Moose in Portland.

He died in March 2011 at the age of 83.

For details about the open house, call 541-523-6541.