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Batavia mulls sale of city land

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 6:57 a.m. CDT

BATAVIA – Aldermen are looking at selling six acres of city-owned land at the northeast corner of Wilson Street and Kirk Road.

The property, which is zoned for commercial use, was deeded to the city in November 2010.

“There had been development proposals on this land, but due to various circumstances, the property owner instead elected to deed the property to the city,” Batavia Community Development Director Scott Buening said in a memo to aldermen.

There was a deed restriction on the land that prohibited selling it before Nov. 30. But that restriction has lapsed, and city staff is recommending aldermen move ahead with selling the land.

“Staff feels that the highest and best use would be to sell the property and to get it back on the tax rolls as commercial property,” Buening said.

The property generated about $30,000 in annual property tax revenues for all taxing bodies before it was filed as an exempt property, Buening said. He said the best scenario would be for the land to be redeveloped with a gas station.

“Local trucks could benefit from such a facility on the way to the industrial parks to the north,” Buening said.

But he said aldermen first need to determine if they want to restrict uses for the land.

“The community commercial zoning has a number of uses that are permitted that may or may not be desirable for future uses,” Buening said.

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