Council Could Move Forward On Purchase Of Residential Properties Near Rec. Center Entrance
Council will meet in a special session tonight, Jan. 12, to further discussion of the possible purchase of two residential properties and one commercial property adjacent to the West U. Recreation Center.
The meeting begins at 5 p.m. in the conference room at the Municipal Building, 3800 University Blvd. Part of the meeting will be held in closed session.
The city has shown interest in the 6728 Westpoint Street and 4204 Cason St. properties since purchasing the old YMCA for use as a recreation center. The two homes are on either side of the section of road leading to the driveway into the Rec. Center parking lot from Westpoint.
The current Rec. Center building is scheduled for demolition this year following the passing of the $13.8 million parks bond proposal. City officials have said it could be possible to have the new pool on the property functional by late 2009.
“It just makes sense to extend our property to the street rather than have two residential properties between us and the street,” said City Manager Michael Ross. “It would give us better security and better ingress and egress.”
According to city officials, the owners of the Westpoint property have indicated a willingness to sell the property to the city. The Harris County Appraisal District lists the 2008 appraised value of the property as $281,383 for the land and $161,539 for the improvement, for a total of $442,922.
The owner of the Cason Street property told city officials he wanted to remain in West U., and would consider exchanging his land for another city-owned property. The city owns a property at 3501 Corondo Court, which was purchased about a year ago for open space. The city hoped to eventually purchase the land adjacent to the property, with the possibility of the land becoming a pocket park. The Corondo property was bought with money from the general fund reserve, at a cost of $420,000.
The Cason Street property’s HCAD value for 2008 was $194,481 for the land and $10,957 for the improvements, for a total of $205,438.