Works Board will consider sale of west side parcel to neighbors before marketing it
Port Washington officials are preparing to sell yet another piece of city-owned land.
The parcel — the third the city has been asked to consider selling this year — runs between Grand Avenue and Larabee Street west of Eva Street.
It was the site of a water tower until the late 1970s, when the west-side water tower was built behind what is today Eernisse Funeral Home, officials said.
The strip of land is 61 feet long, offering the potential for the city to sell two buildable lots, one fronting Grand Avenue and the other fronting Larabee Street, Public Works Director Rob Vanden Noven said.
“We really don’t need this land,” he said.
Vanden Noven said he would recommend that the Board of Public Works offer the land to the neighboring property owners before marketing it.
The land could be split among the four adjoining properties, he noted, which would eliminate the possibility it would be built on.
If the neighbors don’t buy the property, it could then be sold, he said.
The Board of Public Works on Tuesday was scheduled to consider the possible sale of property owned by the water utility, but that meeting was cancelled due to a lack of a quorum.
The matter will be taken up by the board at its next meeting, Vanden Noven said.
“This is just the very first step in the process,” he said.
If the board decides to sell the property, it would have to be declared surplus land by the Plan Commission and the Common Council would have to decide how to sell it. The city could auction it or market it with a real estate office.
The move to sell the land comes as officials are looking at city-owned properties that aren’t being used to determine whether they should be retained or sold and put back on the tax rolls.
The decision to look at selling this particular property was made now because the city is rebuilding Larabee Street next year, Vanden Noven said.
If the property is sold for development, the city would install sewer and water services for the lot off Larabee Street, he said.
This isn’t the first city-owned parcel to be put up for sale this year.
Earlier this year, the Common Council agreed to sell a city-owned waterfront parking lot off the north slip marina — a controversial decision opposed by residents who said the community should not sell valuable harborside land.
Officials are negotiating with Madison-based developer Chris Long, who plans to create a Paramount Blues-related entertainment complex on the land.
Last month, aldermen agreed to consider selling a 44-acre parcel the city owns just south of the We Energies power plant.