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City sends three properties out for bid

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Hangar 84, occupied by Stewart Industries, is one of three city properties for which the city is seeking bidders. The company is interested in buying it, a representative said. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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The city of Roswell is selling some properties, including a hangar at the air center where Stewart Industries International has its offices, as well as some residential land.

The city issued three Requests for Proposals early this week to solicit bids from prospective buyers for three properties.

One of the three consists of four parcels totaling 112.4 acres of residential-zoned vacant land at the southeast corner of West Brasher Road and South Sunset Avenue. The other two involve structures and land at the Roswell Industrial Air Center, including property a Stewart Industries representative says the company would like to buy.

Interest also has been expressed for some of the residential land, according to City Engineer and Planning Director Louis Najar.

“For the (southwest) properties, yes, there has been interest,” he said, adding that specifics cannot be given at this time.

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By putting the city properties out to bid, the city wants as many potential bidders as possible to have the opportunity to make offers, Najar said.

“(The) city is utilizing the RFP process, which is deemed fair and transparent for the sale of city properties,” he said.

The property on Brasher Road is vacant, and the city is not receiving any tax income from it at the current time, Najar said.

Bidders have until Nov. 14 to submit proposals, but sales on all or some of the parcels of the property are not expected to be final until April 2018, according to RFP documents.

Najar said that bidders have been asked to make an offer regarding the purchase price as well as any other benefits to the city.

“These benefits could be new jobs, increased (gross receipts taxes) …. new utility customers,” he said.

Bidders will have to submit information about their plans to develop the property and would have to comply with planning and zoning processes and building codes after the sale. The RFP indicates that offers should meet or exceed the city’s plans for the property, as outlined in the city’s master plan.

According to that plan, properties zoned as residential-1 are intended for single-family homes, neighborhood parks, churches, schools, recreational facilities, renewable energy facilities, cemeteries or similar uses.

Najar said that, as with other city properties for sale, the city will utilize “claw back” provisions to revert the property back to the city if buyers do not use the property as indicated in their responses to the RFP or do not make progress within specified time frames.

The airport property for sale includes Hangar 84 at 605 E. Challenger, now occupied by Stewart Industries, and Building 100 and surrounding land at 75 Earl Cummings Loop East.

Stewart Industries, a major employer in the area that provides aircraft maintenance, dismantling and storage, is an interested bidder, said Tina Fischer, human resources director.

Hangar 84 is described in the RFP as a 43,622-square-foot commercial aircraft hangar. The sale does not include surrounding property.

“Hangar 84 use is dictated by FAA regulation and must be aeronautical use only,” said Air Center Director Scott Stark.

Building 100 can be used for any industrial purposes suited to its location in the air center, said Stark, who also said that it is currently leased. The lessor’s name was not available by press time.

The RFP indicates that the building totals 5,520 square feet and the surrounding land totals about 96,828 square feet.

“Both buildings are leased,” Stark said about the two air center properties. ”These leases have a provision for termination and will be terminated in accordance with the lease terms. Possession dates will be negotiated in the sales contract.”

Bids for the air center properties are due Oct. 24, with sales expected to be finalized by February 2018.

“I expect that more RFPs will be developed to continue to divest unused city properties,” Najar said.

Senior writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.