WARNER ROBINS -- The Warner Robins Redevelopment Agency board voted Monday morning to sell three lots on the north side of Warner Robins to expand Georgia Military College.
During a called meeting, board members voted 4-0 on the $135,000 deal. Its the first property sale for the board since it was re-formed last year and part of its goal to put dormant city-owned property to use.
The good thing is that right now, were not getting any taxes off of that property, said Randy Meade, the board chairman. Once its developed, we will.
Macon-based 107 Prince Street LLC, owned by developer Randy Smith, has put a $3,000 deposit on three neighboring properties on Prince Street in Village at Town Center, according to the purchase agreement. The company has 10 days to back out of the deal.
Ted Ramsdell, director of the Georgia Military College Warner Robins campus, said Smith will pave the lots for 179 additional parking spaces, and the college will rent the space. The three lots total 2.47 acres.
The college and Smith have the same deal for the two buildings the college opened in May 2011 in Warner Robins, Ramsdell said.
The school had up to 1,250 students last year, he said, and only 310 parking spaces at the Warner Robins location, which houses classrooms and administrative offices.
Some of the expansion space will be reserved for an additional building in the future.
The way were growing, we need to plan ahead, Ramsdell said.
Board member Warren Faircloth, of Faircloth Realty, brokered the deal but did not receive any commission, Meade said.
Last year, City Council removed itself from the board and appointed resident members. The new board has talked a lot over the past year about doing something with properties under its purview that havent been developed or rented in years.
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