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Property purchased by Ballwin to be considered in parks master plan

By: Jim Erickson

A home on a 1.1-acre lot adjoining The Pointe at Ballwin Commons.

In an upcoming parks master plan, the city of Ballwin will consider how best to use a residential property it recently purchased.

The lot containing a three-bedroom, ranch-style home and two small outbuildings is at 242 Old Ballwin Road. The 1.1-acre parcel adjoins the 12.8-acre site of The Pointe at Ballwin Commons and is just north of the city-owned recreation center’s entry drive on Old Ballwin. Its cash purchase price was $250,000.

Properties such as this one, with obvious potential for adding to a community’s parks and green space areas, don’t come up for sale often, observed Ballwin City Administrator Eric Hanson. Experience shows that if the city hadn’t moved to acquire the property when it was put on the market, the opportunity likely would not have come up again, he added.

A master plan for the city’s parks is penciled in for the 2018 calendar year budget now being developed and ideas on how the newly acquired property can be used likely will be included in that blueprint.

The property was not listed for sale when the current year’s budget was approved late in 2016 and funds were not earmarked for it. However, Ballwin’s financial position in the 2017 fiscal period is better than anticipated, giving the city the cash needed for the purchase, Hanson said.

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