The Town of High River is putting a prime piece of property on the market in the spring.
Council approved listing the property that backs onto George Lane Park for sale at 410 Macleod Trail S.W. at the December 11th meeting.
Town Manager Tom Maier says the property includes a lot that is 0.2 acres or just over 800 square metres.
"Making it a prime location, in a beautiful setting, for a family to put their roots down in High River,” said Maier.
The Town had been reviewing the property to decide if it could be used for community programs or services before deciding the property would be better suited for home ownership.
“We would support any use of the property that would add vibrancy to the community – be it an updated residence or even a new business,” says Maier. “The sky’s the limit with this property, and we have a new Land Use Bylaw that can help make it happen.”
Council also directed Administration to look into the demolition of the home currently on the property to determine if selling the property as land only will result in a higher listing price.
Currently, the property costs the Town roughly $5,000 in annual operational expenses, plus an annual loss in tax revenue.
The property was purchased by the Town in 2007 for the purpose of resolving a boundary dispute, which has since been resolved. Between 2008 and 2013 the property was occupied by a residential tenant, but it has been vacant since June of 2013.