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Posted on Dec 11, 2019

City purchases port property

The Quincy City Council approved the purchase of an about $1-million piece of property for storm drainage and expansion of Lauzier Park.
The council approved the purchase on Dec. 3 of the property, adjacent and south of Quincy Valley School, from the Port of Quincy, Quincy City Administrator Pat Haley said. The property is a little more than 30 acres in size and was purchased for $1,054,550, according to city documents. The city is considering building a dog park, pump park — for cyclists — restrooms and expanding the soccer fields on the piece of the land.
“So we had to do something about storm and drainage, so we acquired it for additional city purposes, a portion of it for utilities and the other portion of it for parks,” Haley said.
The city is looking at spending $200,000 for the pump park, $125,000 for the dog park and more than $100,000 on the restrooms, he said.
The Port of Quincy sold the property to the city for less than its assessed value, Port Commissioner Curt Morris said. The port can do that because it is a municipality to municipality sale.
The Port of Quincy bought the property from Baseline Lake LLC in 2011, which was owned by Warren Morgan, said Darci Kleyn, Port of Quincy comptroller. They purchased it for around $1.1 million.
The port originally purchased the property so Morgan could develop it, Haley said. When Morgan died in May, the port first reached out to see if the family wanted the property and then went to the city afterward.
“I think there was some discussion with the city of the possibility of the city taking it over for their storm drainage needs,” Haley said. “Once the property owner died that prompted the port of Quincy to say, ‘Okay what is going to happen with this little section here?’”

By Tony Buhr