Daniels Real Estate has transferred 9.77 acres of undeveloped woodland property to Washington State Parks and Recreation for the expansion of Saint Edward State Park in Kenmore, the state agency announced this week.

The property features 600 feet of shoreline along Lake Washington, and according to Parks and Recreation, “has significant ecological and recreational value,” and “will add forest habitat and trail continuity” to the park.

Daniels Real Estate is transferring the land as part of the company’s 62-year lease (signed in 2017) of the historic Saint Edward Seminary building, which it plans to preserve and adapt for use as an 82-room lodge by 2020. The lease provides that an environmental education and research center also be developed on the site.

“Our mission is to create places that help communities thrive,” said Kevin Daniels, president of Daniels Real Estate. “We are very excited to be working on the preservation and reuse of one of our state’s most iconic buildings in a park setting. The Washington State Parks Commission made sure that our agreement meets the State Parks historic preservation mission.”

“State Parks is very excited to be moving forward on the rehabilitation of the Seminary,” added Don Hoch, agency director. “We are confident that the new use will be very popular, especially in the beautiful natural setting at Saint Edward.”