Dyer takes stock of park properties

2013-09-28T00:00:00Z Dyer takes stock of park propertiesMary Wilds Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
September 28, 2013 12:00 am  • 

DYER | The Park Board has identified six park properties that remain mostly undeveloped and could possibly be sold to private concerns.

“We’re in the very earliest stages,” board President Mike Kapitan told the Town Council. The board has not yet done any studies to determine whether any of the properties is developable or has commercial value.

The board would like to get the council’s feedback before it does anything.

“If you don’t want to do it, we’re not going to pursue it,” Kapitan said. The board would need the council’s cooperation because some properties are owned by the town rather than the Park Board.

The six properties are scattered around town and include undeveloped Eberly Park, in the south part of town, and Briar Crossing Park in the Briar Crossing subdivision, along 213th Street, north of U.S. 30. Briar Crossing, 9 acres in all, is 60 percent detention area. It is also right next to Central Park, which is under development.

Cherry Hill tot lot, which has some equipment, is near the newly refurbished Pheasant Hills Park. Sheffield Estates also has equipment and some users, and thus may not be a candidate for sale, Kapitan said.

Among the positive aspects of selling park properties is the fact that the town would no longer have to maintain the sites, and they would be back on the tax rolls, he said.

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