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GR has one year to decide on purchase of road commission land

Posted at 2:19 PM, Jan 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 14:19:29-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The City of Grand Rapids has a year to decide whether to buy the property where the Kent County Road Commission’s central complex currently sits.

Tuesday morning, Kent County road commissioners approved an agreement giving Grand Rapids exclusive rights to buy the property located along Scribner and Turner avenues in Grand Rapids. The option will also require approval from Grand Rapids commissioners.

Grand Rapids will have a year to decide if it wants to buy the lot for $7,775,000. A deal would have to close by September 2022.

The property where the complex sits is bordered by two streets, a railroad and the Grand River, which makes it impossible for the road commission to expand its operations there.

Four years ago, the road commission bought a 29-acre parcel in Walker because of the likely need to expand in the future.

The road commission has previously said it will auction off the land, but said it only received one bid, which was rejected because it was below the value of the property.