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.
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.
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.