Background: The property located at 800 and 824 Lumpkin Boulevard is currently owned by the Georgia Ports Authority. The Georgia Ports Authority wishes to quit claim these properties to the Columbus Consolidated Government.
These properties currently house an above ground storage tank farm with secondary containment, an above ground piping system, a rail unloading area, a truck loading rack, and two buildings totaling 34,000 square feet of office and warehouse space. The Georgia Ports Authority did not renew the lease agreement with Omega Partners, and now the property is unoccupied and not currently being utilized.
In August 2015, a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment was conducted on the property, followed by a Limited Site Investigation in January 2016. Both studies were funded by the Ports Authority. Terracon Consultants took fourteen (14) soil samples in order to evaluate potential impacts to the soil, including samples immediately adjacent to fuels tanks. No contamination was found in any of the samples except for lead located at one location, which contamination was limited to a 725 sf area on the northeast corner of the site where past dumping occurred while the property was under the ownership of Columbus, Georgia. The groundwater sample taken did not indicate the presence of lead. 220.76 tons of impacted soil was excavated and removed from the old dumping site for a cost of around $60,000, which amount was paid by the Georgia Ports Authority. In August 2016, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) notified the Georgia Ports Authority that the property would not be listed on the Hazardous Site Inventory and no additional work was recommended/warranted.
In August 2017, the City received a quote to demolish the structures on the site which estimated the cost to be approximately $636,857.52. The Georgia Ports Authority has agreed to pay the City $300,000 upon closing of the transaction which the City proposes to use towards the demolition or for any other purpose related to the restoration of the property.
Analysis: Acquisition of this property will cease any continued use a fuel storage site and will allow the City to remove the tanks/structures on the site, which will enhance the appearance of riverfront property and allow for future redevelopment to occur.
Financial Considerations: The City will provide funding towards the demolition of the tanks/structures or other improvements on the site in excess of the $300,000 being provided by the Georgia Ports Authority.
Legal Considerations: Council must approve all real estate transactions.
Recommendations: Approve a resolution to enter into a sales agreement for the property located at 800 and 824 Lumpkin Boulevard (021 001 001 and 021 001 002), and any residual rights along the riverfront, from the Georgia Ports Authority.
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Councilor Allen voting __________.
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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor