Long Beach, Wash. - Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold a public hearing Monday on a proposed land swap.

The deal would trade 42 acres of state property in downtown Long Beach for 48 acres of land owned by real estate developer Realvest Corp. that borders the Pacific Ocean and northern boundary of Fort Canby State Park.

Virginia Painter, spokeswoman for the parks commission, said the state is assessing the value of each land package and should have figures in time for the Monday meeting.

She added that while the commission has no immediate plans to combine the proposed property with Fort Canby State Park, officials are pursuing the option to make sure there is continued access to beach areas.

"If we don't get that chunk next to the park, it will probably be developed into a resort," she said.

The commission has received one dozen public comments. Painter said several private land owners in Long Beach are upset with the proposed trade because it would allow development in areas adjacent to downtown property they own.

The meeting will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Long Beach Super 8 Motel conference room. People unable to attend may submit comments in writing to the commission.

Comments must be received by July 31 and can be mailed to Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Lands Program, P.O. Box 42640, Olympia, WA, 98504.

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