Background: The property located at 318 10th Avenue is an abandoned Farmers Market owned by the State of Georgia. The State of Georgia wishes to quit claim these properties to the Columbus Consolidated Government. On December 1, 2017, the City received a letter from the Riverdale-Porterdale Cemetery Foundation, Inc. requesting that we partner with them in acquiring this property to be used as a park that would connects Riverdale Cemetery to Porterdale Cemetery. They would also like to eventually construct a columbarium on the site. The letter states that the Columbus Consolidated Government will have no financial obligation for the proposed improvements which will be paid for by the foundation.
Since the receipt of this letter we have been working to obtain title work and conducting environmental site assessments on the property. The environmental testing showed the presence of contaminants such as lead, asbestos, petroleum and underground storage tanks. We currently have the opportunity apply for a clean-up grant through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which could provide up to $500,000 towards cleaning up this site. If the City decides to pursue this grant, there is a 20% match that could be paid for utilizing CDBG funds. The grant application is due on January 31, 2019, and the City would need to have title to the property prior to submitting the application. If the grant is awarded the clean-up process would begin towards the end of 2019.
Analysis: Acceptance of this property will allow the City to apply for a grant which will assist with the elimination of blight and turn the property into a park/greenspace area that will connect the cemeteries.
Financial Considerations: The property will be quit claimed to City at no cost. The Riverdale-Porterdale Cemetery Foundation has stated they will pay for the property improvements. If awarded the grant from EPA, the City could provide a match utilizing CDBG funding.
Legal Considerations: Council must approve all real estate transactions.
Recommendations: Approve a resolution to accept the property located at 318 10th Avenue (020 016 006) from the State of Georgia and also to submit an EPA grant for up to $500,000 and if approved, accept and amend the Multi-Governmental Fund for the awarded amount.
City Council Presentation - Acceptance of State Farmers Market.pptx
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Lindsey Glisson, Deputy Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor