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Batavia may put land at Wilson-Kirk up for sale

Updated: February 16, 2013 6:17AM

BATAVIA — The city is considering selling a 6-acre tract of land at the northeast corner of Wilson Street and Kirk Road that it acquired in 2010.

Batavia Community Development Director Scott Buening said the parcel had been considered for commercial development proposals in the past, but the owner decided to deed the property to the city for reasons that were not disclosed.

The Community Development Committee will discuss the staff’s recommendations for possible restricted uses and the process for the sale of the parcel at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Batavia Government Center.

Buening said about 25 percent of the property on the eastern and northern sections is wetland and in the past it generated approximately $30,000 in a year in property tax revenues.

He said staff has been discussing future uses of the land.

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

“The best case scenario would be for this to be redeveloped with a gas station, as there are few such facilities in this area,” he said. “Local trucks could benefit from such a facility on the way to the industrial parks to the north.”

There are several other uses that generate sales tax revenues that may be a good fit, as well, he said.

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