Council May Approve Tonight Purchase/Trade Of Properties Near Fitness Center Entrance
West U. City Council will meet in closed executive session tonight, May 11, prior to the regular council session scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Council will discuss authorizing City Manager Michael Ross to go ahead with the purchase and trade and properties at the city’s entrance to the city’s Fitness Center, formerly known as the West U. Rec. Center, which is currently under construction.
In February, council authorized Ross to execute a $5,000 option that the city may purchase the property at 6738 Westpoint for $680,000. The option runs through June 30. If the city does purchase the property the $5,000 would apply to the purchase.
Council also authorized a $5,000 option that the city may exchange the property at 4204 Cason for the city-owned property at 3501 Corondo Court. This option also runs through June 30, and if the trade is made the money will apply to the closing costs of the exchange.
The city has shown interest in the 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, and are the only entrance to the facility inside city limits.
“It just makes sense to extend our property to the street rather than have two residential properties between us and the street,” said Ross earlier this year. “It would give us better security and better ingress and egress.”
The Harris County Appraisal District lists the 2008 appraised value of the Westpoint 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 Corondo Court property was purchased by the city 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.