The city appears to have settled on a price for its No. 4 Fire Station and the open field behind it.
According to an agenda for Tuesday's Enid City Commission, Hunt Properties will pay half a million dollars for the narrow strip of nearly five acres at Cleveland and Garriott.
Hunt is partnering with the city to develop the southeast corner of that intersection into a retail property. As part of their partnership, the city is negotiating to buy more than two dozen homes and businesses in the Lahoma Courts Addition.
Beyond what Hunt Properties is willing to pay for it, there's no consensus on what the firehouse land is worth. More than a decade ago, the first 300 feet of the strip from the road – the land that contains the fire station – was assessed at $283,841, while the field behind it was worth only $13,600.
In an informal estimate last year of the land's value, Garfield County Assessor Wade Patterson said the parcel could bring between $1 and $2 million on the commercial market, based on other land sales on West Garriott.
The strip initially was owned by the federal government, who deeded it to the Enid Board of Education. In 1959, the school district sold the northernmost 300 feet to the City of Enid for $10 and kept the rest. That's where the city built its fire station.
The back section remained under dominion of the school district, largely used as a park and small ballfield, until 2011.
That's when the two government entities swapped properties: The school would give Enid 3.4 acres of parkland stuck behind its fire station, and the city would hand over the parking lot behind D. Bruce Shelby Stadium.
Fire Station No. 4 will relocate to a new building on South Hoover.
In their informal study session, commissioners plan to talk about food truck regulations. The meetings begin at 5 p.m. in the City Administration Building.