Monroe county council on course to pay $1.25 million for land to develop limestone heritage tourist, educational destination

As soon as Monroe County councilors approve the purchase agreements that have been drawn up, a total of $1.25 million will be paid by the county to three different land owners to create a site where the history of the area’s limestone heritage is documented. Quarry holes are a feature of the land to be acquired.

If some property near the near the Woolery Mill and the mill property itself were in play as a possible limestone heritage site, they’re no longer on the table, based on comments from county councilors after their work session on Tuesday.

At its Tuesday work session, the county council scheduled an executive session, for Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. to talk about the land acquisition. The topic of land acquisition is one of the exceptions given in Indiana’s Open Door Law for meeting in a closed session. Governmental entities that meet in executive session still have to give notice to the public about the fact that the meeting is going to take place.

The next regular meeting of the Monroe County council is scheduled for Feb. 11, when final approval of  the land deals between the county and the three different property owners could take place. Continue reading “Monroe county council on course to pay $1.25 million for land to develop limestone heritage tourist, educational destination”

Bloomington, Monroe County both move on separate land acquisitions as part of planned expansion of convention center

Some important pieces of a downtown development puzzle were slotted into place this week, as the City of Bloomington and Monroe County both made progress on separate real estate deals.

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The red-circled area highlighted on the map shows the area of downtown Bloomington where a an expansion of the Monroe County Convention Center is planned. (Dave Askins/Beacon)

The transactions are expected to factor into a planned expansion of the county’s convention center, located at 3rd Street and College Avenue. Neither deal decides the direction of the expansion—at this point only westward appears to have been ruled out. The city wants to expand north. The county is not committed to that direction.

At the Monroe County Board of Commissioners meeting on Wednesday morning, the three-member board approved a $500,000 deal to purchase a couple of parcels making up the parking lot of the NAPA Auto Parts store at Walnut and 3rd streets.

Two days earlier, the city closed on a nearly $5-million deal to buy most of the block north of the existing convention center. The block is bounded south-to-north by 3rd and 4th streets and east-to-west by College Avenue and the B-Line Trail. Deputy Mayor Mick Renneisen told The Beacon the purchase price was $4,995,000. Continue reading “Bloomington, Monroe County both move on separate land acquisitions as part of planned expansion of convention center”