Planned North Austin Community Center to get one acre of city-owned land

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Approximately one acre of city-owned land would be added to the planned North Austin Community Center at Laramie Ave. and Moffat St. through a proposed land sale and remediation agreement proposed to City Council by Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

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The property, located near 1850 N. Laramie Ave., would be sold for $1 to

Expert Management Inc. (EMI), which would perform an estimated $700,000 in clean-up work at its own expense. Upon completion, EMI would convey the land to North Austin Community Center for use as a ball field.

EMI is affiliated with the successor to the Glidden paint company, which manufactured paint on the site prior to the property’s 1998 acquisition by the city for future redevelopment.

The $25 million North Austin Community Center is planned for five acres of city-owned land that was provided for the project earlier this year. Being developed by By the Hand Club for Kids and Grace & Peace Fellowship church, the two-story, 140,000-sq.-ft. complex will include indoor basketball courts, batting cages, a multi-purpose room, classrooms, community meeting rooms, and outdoor ball fields.

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