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Krueger Farm deadline nears

With one week to go before before a crucial deadline is reached, a Coupeville group is looking to the community for more support.

Friends of Krueger Farm must raise more than $50,000 by Thursday, Jan. 8, to meet an option that extends the time it has to purchase the historic Krueger Farm property. The 33-acres once farmed by the Krueger family lies on the west side of town surrounding Living Hope Foursquare Church.

“It’s nail-biting time,” said Sally Hayton-Keeva, a leader of Friends of Krueger Farm.

The Friends raised $225,000 over the past three months. While impressive, it’s still short of the $280,000 needed to meet an option deadline allowing them to continue raising money.

If the group fails to meet the deadline, then the money will be refunded to the original donors. Hayton-Keeva said the January goal is needed to show there is community support for the project.

The property, consisting of trees and fields, has been controversial for more than a year. Last summer, the Coupeville Town Council approved a complicated rezone where the property is divided into several different housing densities while preserving the wooded area as open space.

Many Coupeville residents said such development threatens the rural entrance into town.

Friends of Krueger Farm wants the land preserved as open space and reached a purchase agreement with owner Cecil Stuurmans, contingent upon the fundraising effort.

To help meet the Jan. 8 deadline, Hayton-Keeva is appealing to potential donors on the north end of the island, saying that a rural-looking Coupeville benefits the entire island.

Once the initial $280,000 goal is met, Friends of Krueger Farm will have 18 additional months to raise the remainder of the $1.46 million total purchase price, Hayton-Keeva said.

For more information on fund-raising efforts, call Friends of Krueger Farm at 678-4690 or go to www.kruegerfarm.com.

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