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Batavia may sell excess property

Updated: August 2, 2013 6:20AM

BATAVIA — The city may be getting ready to sell some of its excess property.

City staff has compiled a list of various city-owned properties, some of which were acquired over the years, such as old railroad right-of-way, isolated strips or landlocked parcels best suited for sale to adjacent land owners.

A description of the parcels, potential use and status of about 16 properties were presented to aldermen for their review at a recent joint committee-of-the-whole meeting. A map of the properties is available on the committee calendar at

“We are looking at various parcels to see if some of these are still needed for municipal purposes or if we can consider them to be surplus and potentially sold,” said Scott Buening, Batavia community development director.

Alderman David Brown said he would prefer the city retain the parcel at the southeast corner of River and Wilson streets for possible surface parking.

“It is obvious a parking garage is not in the city’s near future, which will make the availability of surface parking in the downtown important,” Brown said.

The Batavia City Council will have final approval on any sales.

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