The Brenham Banner Press is reporting that the city appears to have a deal in place to sell the 204-acre tract of land that had been earmarked for a landfill.
The city has been trying to sell the property, located east of Brenham off Highway 290, since 2006. The property was originally purchased in 1990.
Brenham City Manager Terry Roberts tells the Banner that the transaction is in its “due diligence phase.”
The city originally obtained a state permit to operate a landfill on the property, despite heavy opposition. It was never used for that purpose after the city deemed it not financial feasible to operate a landfill unless garbage from outside Washington County was taken in.
Roberts says the prospective buyer is reviewing the survey information, and that the transaction is at the title company awaiting a closing date later this month.”
The sale is expected to bring in more than $1 million for the city. Council members have already decided that the money will be placed in the general fund reserves and restricted to capital improvements.