A contract was approved Monday, Oct. 1, for the city to purchase a tract of land at 902 Locust St.

The city council unanimously voted to purchase the lot from Carleen Holtmeyer and Claudette Daegele at the cost of $135,000.

The property is located adjacent to the former Frick’s building at Eighth and Locust streets. The building was razed in 2017. There also was a mobile home park on the property that was removed over the past three years. The total size of the city-owned property is 1.3 acres.

City Administrator Darren Lamb said this is the “final piece” of land acquisition for plans to redevelop that area.

Plans call for stormwater improvements near Busch Creek and residences. A portion of Busch Creek Greenway will be on the property.

The purchase approved Monday will allow for four to five new residential lots that will be more than 6,000 square feet in size.

There will be an estimated 18 to 24 lots on the property to be sold to a developer.

One goal of the project is to manage the creek and protect homes in the area from flooding.

Construction could begin within the next year.