Park Board Approves Land Transfers

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Published on August 9 2012 8:29 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Effingham Park Board commissioners have finalized land transfers with the Effingham City Council.

Park commissioners this week accepted a little more than 21 acres along North Maple Street that had once been eyed as the site of a Sports Center.  The City also conveyed ownership of a five-acre tract that the City purchased from Helen Matthes Library to get the library out from under the tract so it could focus on a downtown library location.

In exchange for the land, the Park District dedicated right-of-way along the north boundary of the 21-acre tract.  The right-of-way will someday be part of the route of a long-discussed east-west roadway from Maple to near 4th Street.  The City envisions the roadway running west to Charlotte Street. 

The agreement also ends annual TIF payments by the City to the Park District.

The City Council approved the swap earlier.