In hopes privately developed real estate will grow the city’s property tax revenue, the Columbus Redevelopment Authority plans to extend its contract with the Columbus Municipal School District to market and sell the former Lee Middle School’s almost 15-acre property, according to CRA president John Acker.
The Columbus Redevelopment Authority is working with Farmer Commercial Properties, a Starkville-based realty firm, to sell the Lee Middle School property on Military Road.
With the Columbus Redevelopment Authority, the city may be onto something.
The Columbus Redevelopment Authority acquired an option to purchase the S.D. Lee Middle School property on Military Road, a move which the Columbus Municipal School District board unanimously approved at a special-called meeting Wednesday.
For almost five years the Columbus Municipal School District has attempted to sell its 96,350-square-foot Lee Middle School property.
If Friday’s Lowndes County Board of Supervisors meeting is any indication, the county may not only decline an opportunity to partner with Columbus on a proposed redevelopment project at Burns Bottom, it may also become a competitive buyer for properties needed for the city project.
Columbus Redevelopment Authority board members are publicly working to avoid perceived conflicts of interest with bringing the Burns Bottom Development project to fruition.