Tonight marks the third week in a row that City Council will discuss selling city property. Two weeks ago, Council exhaustively discussed changes to the ordinance allowing the disposition of city property before ultimately sending the draft back to staff for another round of edits. Last week, Council rejected an offer to buy the retail sections of the Park 1 garage, in part because of difficulties with their disposition process. Tonight, they take another crack at changes to their ordinance.

It’s a third and long discussion, unlikely to conclude quickly…or feature a Taylor Swift sighting…

You can see the redlined version below, or click here to view the PDF online. The new draft to be discussed:

  • Adds “public auction” and “direct negotiated sale” as options for disposing of city property.
  • Adds a requirement that Council must find they no longer need the property and disposing of the property is in the public’s interest.

Adds a requirement for approval by six (6) Councilmembers present at a public hearing (opposed to a simple majority present).


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