City to sell all of its highway acreage

The City of Bowie will move forward with selling all of its 9.59-acre tract along U.S. Highway 287 despite efforts by the parks board to have the city council retain four acres near Johnson Lake for a possible future project.
While some members of the council agreed Monday night the location would make a beautiful park, in the end the majority wanted to see the land purchased for business development. The city bought the acreage in summer 2014 at a cost of $178,840 with future plans to build a new city complex.
However, during the interim, city administration and council members have changed, and the public also raised an uproar about relocating the city offices on the highway, so the land was put up for sale.
Following a mix-up where one local realtor was not contacted during the initial search for interested realtors to market the land the council drew names Monday night selecting from Jones Real Estate and Sue Swint Realty. Swint was drawn and will market the property.
The city parks board asked Bill Enlow and Todd McMurray to review possibilities for a park expansion on property located near the lake. The city property adjoins the school property, which includes the lake. That proposal led the board to ask the city to retain four acres.

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