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Announcement expected on Jesuits' coastal land
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The Jesuit-owned sanctuary sits on Nestucca estuary.
Realty Marketing Northwest photo
The Jesuit-owned sanctuary sits on Nestucca estuary.

An announcement on the sale of a parcel of Jesuit-owned land on the Oregon coast is expected in the coming weeks.

"We'll have something to announce pretty soon," says John Rosenthal of Realty Marketing Northwest. Rosenthal is handling sale of the pristine 93-acre sanctuary near Pacific City at the mouth of the Little Nestucca River.

The Jesuits' spokesman, Pat Walsh, confirms that a communiqué may come by the end of August.  

The Tillamook County Assessor's Office says the Jesuits are still listed as the owner of the land on Nestucca Bay.

The parcel, used as a retreat site for Jesuits starting in the 1930s and later for thousands of lay people, has been for sale for almost a year, with an estimated price of $1.3 million. A sealed bid auction ended in December 2012 and no word on a buyer emerged. About 30 different groups and individuals had taken tours beforehand.  

The Nature Conservancy, which preserves wild lands, made an early offer, but it was well below the assessed value and the Jesuits rejected it.

The site is zoned for recreational use. The land could hold a retreat center, camp or event center, and even a house or two. With current zoning, it could not be used for a hotel or a subdivision.  

Nestucca Sanctuary includes a small lodge and rustic dormitories. It has been mostly vacant for more than five years.

Money from sale of the land will go to Jesuit seminary programs.

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