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Douglas County Commission authorizes land acquisition

September 1, 2011


Douglas County’s future Public Works facility has a tentative new home.

County commissioners Wednesday voted unanimously to authorize the execution of a contract with PDO Investors for the purchase of 34 acres of land near Douglas County Jail, 3601 E. 25th St.

The deal will allow the county to create a headquarters of sorts for its public works operations and will provide it with enough space to grow. It will also give Lawrence Community Shelter the opportunity to relocate on nearby land.

The county will use state gas tax reimbursements to cover the $1.196 million price tag for the property. Two adjacent properties were also sought by the county as part of the original proposal, though only one offer has been made in that regard. Commissioners authorized an offer for a parcel of land owned by Printing Solutions in the Franklin Business Park. The acquisition of that property would get the county closer to its desired 40-acre goal for the new facilities.

The deal is set to be closed today, with county officials and the necessary property owners expected to complete the sale. There is no immediate plan to develop the property, though county leaders will be working toward planning and developing a timeline for the project.

Should the homeless shelter choose to relocate near the county jail, a move made possible by the county’s majority property ownership, its timeline would not be as lenient. The shelter has pending grant deadlines set to expire this fall.


Flap Doodle 6 years, 7 months ago

Godwin flag! (I'm buying them by the pallet load and am still running short)

Bob_Keeshan 6 years, 7 months ago

Outside of Manhattan, the Riley County Public Works facility is state of the art in its green technologies and maintenance practices, including more than one wind turbine and extensive use of natural lighting.

More information is available here

It will be pretty embarrassing for Lawrence and Douglas County if they don't move forward with something similar. The new facility in Riley County is saving taxpayers dumptrucks full of money.

Fire_all_politicians 6 years, 7 months ago

Cronyism? yeah, that too. To me, a "credit-card-with-no-max-limit mentality" reeks of Obama-ism.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 6 years, 7 months ago

Not to mention how much money they would save if they continued to use the facility that was paid for.

nativeson 6 years, 7 months ago

The County Commission has good intentions, but this is not financially sound and driven by the desire to relocate the Lawrence Community Shelter. Show me the return on a $1.2 million investment in land for a Public Works headquarters. It is not good use of taxpayer money, and it could be argued a misappropriation of gas tax funds toward social services.

This group will raise taxes without caring about its impact on the people of Douglas County. The mill levy has consistently gone up over the last 5 years. My guess is that a new facility will actually cost taxpayers more in operating costs annually than is saved.

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