Valley Communities Credit Union donates land to city for future use
By Joe Bachman
STEVENS POINT — Henrietta Park? It could happen, as planning officials took two parcels of donated land on Monday night.
Valley Communities Credit Union have donated two parcels of land to the city, as well as $1,500 in closing costs. The properties are located on Henrietta Street by Whiting Avenue, and total just over 30,000 square feet. Such land could accommodate three single-family lots or four duplex lots.
However, discussed the most by officials and alders is the prospect of possibly turning the space into a park or recreational area.
“I think this would be a really nice green space.” said Distirct 8 Alder Cathy Dugan, who commented that it could also be used for gardening or a pocket park.
“It’s a lovely street; it’s very quiet, and what I’ve noticed over the last five or six years of riding my bike [there] is that there is a growing number of families in that community.” said District 5 Alder Meleesa Johnson.
Initially, there are some concerns with acquiring the property, including a lack of utilities on Henrietta Street, and the fact that the properties exist near a transitional zone near commercial zoning. The city will need to maintain the yard in the summer, as there are no sidewalks.
However, there are some slight advantages to acquiring the properties, as they could be developed by a private firm, or as mentioned above, turning the property into a future park. In addition, a city memo states that some of the cost for utility installation could be picked up for a new development that could generate new tax revenue. This is similar to what the city did with the former Grant school property.
“I would like an option, whatever it might become.” said District 7 Alder Mary Kneebone.
A final decision on the motion will be made at this month’s council.