Aiken City Council will consider purchasing land from the Green Boundary Club at its regular meeting on Monday.
Council will review a resolution to purchase approximately three acres of undeveloped land north of the Club's building. That land has been leased by the City since about 1999 to accommodate overflow parking for events at Hopelands Gardens and the Rye Patch, according to a memorandum from Aiken City Manager Richard Pearce.
Though the land is appraised at $260,000, the property is being offered at $236,687, the memorandum reads.
Pearce states that the purchase would be an appropriate use of the Capital Project Sales Tax II funds designated for open space and greenways. The City intends to keep the 3 acres as undeveloped green space.
“This tract is a highly visible open-space property in our historically equestrian area of Aiken,” Pearce wrote in his memo. “Staff views this purchase as an opportunity to preserve it in its current state.”
If the purchase is approved, the Club will reserve the right to continue using that tract of land as long as it doesn't conflict with City or community use. The Club will also still have use of the existing exit roadway located across from that piece of property from the clubhouse to Mead Avenue, according the memorandum.
In other business, Council will conduct a second reading of an ordinance to approve a request to sell land adjacent to the Aiken Golf Course for residential development. The 0.64 acre lot of wooded land is located at Valley Green Drive and Chafee Spring Road. Owner Jim McNair Jr. came to Council with the request due to some stipulations that were set decades ago when his father, James McNair Sr., first purchased the Aiken Golf Course from the City in 1959.
The first reading was unanimously approved in June.
The meeting will start at 7 p.m. on Monday in Council Chambers on the second floor of the Municipal Building located at 214 Park Ave. S.W.
Amy Banton is the City beat reporter for the Aiken Standard. Originally from Rustburg, Va., she graduated from Randolph Macon Woman's College and has been with the newspaper since 2010.