Humboldt buys land for retailer

HUMBOLDT — Humboldt City Council members agreed to purchase a parcel of land that that they expect will house a new retail business.
The council, meeting in a special session Friday, agreed to purchase 4.4 acres of land near the intersection of Ninth Street and K-224 from Nicholas Grzybowski for $75,000. With that acquisition comes an agreement to sell 1.4 acres to Franklin Land Associates, a commercial developer interested in using a portion of the land for an as-yet unnamed retailer. Franklin’s share of the purchase price is $35,000.
The land includes a house occupied by Gryzbowski and adjoining farmland. Mayor Bob Sharp said the house is in good condition and can be moved instead of demolished.
In addition to annexing and rezoning the land, the city must extend about 300 feet of sewer lines, council members were told. Gas and water service already is in place. Katy Casper, with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development office, encouraged council members to pursue Business Enterprise Grants to assist with infrastructure development.
The vote to purchase the property passed 6-0, with council membes Dan Julich and Jeremy Weilert absent.
The city’s share of the purchase price, $40,000, comes from its Community Development Fund, City Administrator Larry Tucker said.
In an unrelated matter, Tucker announced that the city will receive an $18,722.23 grant from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Waste Tire Grant program. The money will be used to purchase recycled tires to use as padding beneath playground equipment in Cannon and Centennial parks.