Franklin County is working with the city of New Haven to get rid of a parcel of property in the city limits.
Ultimately, the plan is for New Haven to take over ownership of the lot at 805 Olive St. and maintain it, Presiding County Commissioner John Griesheimer said.
He recently went before the New Haven City Council, which unanimously passed a resolution to support the city taking the lot if it passes an environmental assessment and if the county can provide clear title.
The county and New Haven plan to pay equal shares of the environmental assessment, which will determine if there are any problems with the property before the city takes it over.
Giving the lot to New Haven is better than the county having to keep the property maintained, Griesheimer said.
The county became the owner of the property after the prior owner did not pay taxes.
The 2012 appraised value of the property is $9,180, according to the county assessor’s office.
New Haven City Administrator Steve Roth said he has received proposals from three firms who can do the environmental assessment.
The low bid came in at $1,600 from Barr Engineering of Jefferson City.
Before ordering the environmental assessment, Roth said he wants to see how long it may take the county to provide clear title.
The city has no specific plans for the property, Roth said. He added that it is too small of a lot to build on under the city’s zoning. In New Haven, a parcel must be at least 10,000 square feet to be built on, and this one is only 8,667, Roth said.
However, a variance to allow construction on the lot would be considered if someone wanted to buy the parcel and develop it, Roth said.
A mobile home was on the site previously, and the zoning won’t allow a mobile home back on the site.
City officials have considered putting a park on the site, but Roth said that is unlikely.
The best option may be for the city to sell the lot to neighboring property owners so the land can be combined with other parcels, Roth said.
The city could potentially make a profit from selling the lot since it only has to pay for the environmental assessment, or about $800, to acquire it, Roth said.
The city has been mowing it for the county since July, Roth added.