Carson City on verge of buying first open space property |

Carson City on verge of buying first open space property

It looks like Carson City’s open space campaign will soon have a plot of land to call its first home.

A sweetheart deal for 17.802 acres near the roundabout could get the city its first official open space purchase for only $327,600 on land appraised at $960,000.

Director Steve Kastens and parks planner Vern Krahn in the city’s Parks and Recreation Department talked property owner William Moffat Jr. into writing off more than $600,000 as a donation to the open space cause.

The city’s Open Space Advisory Committee meets Monday to recommend that the Board of Supervisors approve the purchase.

The undeveloped land at 741 N. Edmonds Drive involves a mix of land zoned for residential and industrial uses. The landed is bounded by Dave’s Power Palace, Mexican Ditch, Edmonds and Hells Bells Road.

“That intersection falls at the intersection of the Mexican Ditch trail and (the future extension of) Linear Park,” Krahn said.

The city may build a trailhead and a parking area on the land. Linear Park so far only reaches from Roop Street to Fifth Street at the Nevada State Prison but plans call for extending the trail to Mexican Ditch.

The city will use Question 18 funding coming from a quarter-cent sales tax imposed with voter approval in 1997. The ballot measure calls for using 40 percent of the money raised to buy open space.

In three years, the tax has generated about $2 million for open space purchases.

Parks and Rec is eager to buy something with its available revenue.

“We’d like to be able to point to a piece of property and be able to say our open space program is not just a piece of paper in a binder,” Krahn said.

The deal involves three residential lots, an industrial lot and 4.77 acres of flood plain.

The city offered the full appraised value of $170,000 for the three residential lots. The proposal for the flood plain and about an acre of industrial land is $100,000. The remaining 9.5 acres were appraised at $690,000 but Krahn said Moffat is willing to accept $57,600.

What: Open Space Advisory Committee meeting

When: 6 p.m. Monday

Where: Sierra Room at Community Center, 851 E. William St.

Key item: Purchase of first open space property

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