A sizable portion of the landmark hill bearing homemade crosses and the names of service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan could become Lafayette’s newest parkland if a deal proposed by the landowner comes to pass.
Owner Charles Clark wrote the city council Sept. 7 and proposed that 2.6 acres of his family’s 5-acre parcel between Thompson and Oak Hill roads be given to the city so he can re-align the property lines of two adjacent parcels he wishes to sell as homesites.
Although working against tight deadlines and hoping to offset capital gains taxes from a prior sale of family property, Clark wrote that the city could expect to take ownership of “The Crosses” before years’ end, giving Lafayette the steep, exposed flank of the hill bounding Deer Hill Road as well as a “beautiful wooded park setting along Thompson Road facing north, away from any freeway noise.”
“As this final sale took place in 2017, this land donation must also be completed before the end of 2017, in order to offset the last of our capital gains,” Clark wrote.
The council will weigh placing Clark’s offer on a future agenda when it convenes Sept. 25. There was no immediate word on what, if anything, would become of the crosses for which Cross Hill is known.