Resolutions to sell two portions of city land quickly passed a Macon City Council committee Tuesday.
Mayor Robert Reichert proposed transferring the title to the city parking lot at 412 New St., slightly less than half an acre, to the Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority so it could then be leased or sold to the American Cancer Society.
But Councilman Rick Hutto, chairman of the councils Public Properties Committee, said there had been considerable discussion among committee members about the provision allowing the Urban Development Authority three years to take care of this.
Instead, a substitute resolution from Reicherts office was adopted, leaving out the urban authority.
This in effect sells it to the highest bidder, Hutto said.
The cancer society, headquartered adjacent to the property at 804 Cherry St., is still expected to be the buyer. Its anticipated that the office will soon need new parking spaces, according to the city resolution.
Keith Moffett, assistant to the chief administrative officer, said the deal would preserve the citys right to build a parking deck above the lot sometime in the future if downtown development warrants it.
The resolution passed the committee in a 4-0 vote. Councilman Lonnie Miley was out of town, Hutto said.
Under another resolution sponsored by the mayors office, the city would abandon an unopened portion of Hawkinsville Avenue and sell the 9,300-square-foot segment to Union Baptist Church.
The church, at 1137 Kitchens St., is the adjoining landowner. An Oct. 11 letter from the Rev. David Stanley accepts the appraised price of $5,408, and the proposal passed committee 4-0.
Both the New Street and Hawkinsville Avenue sales are expected to come up for final approval by the full council Nov. 19.
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