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Saratoga: Public to hear plan for city lot development

"There isn't anything specific," McTygue said of the presentation. "We're just going to present the plan and address any questions that they may have."

Mayor Valerie Keehn has said she would like to see if the city could get more money for the property, most recently stating she would like to see the lot listed on the eBay Web site to see if it could bring more than $750,000.

"I think there's a lot of questions out there as to why is the city rushing to build on this very highly utilized property," Keehn said. "I think we need to make sure whatever we do is the best thing for downtown. Even when it is full, that space offers a drop-off area for people who have elderly parents and the handicapped."

McTygue said that the sale and project followed the bid process correctly. "We went through the proper procedures," he said, adding that if a better offer had come in, he certainly would have endorsed it. Also, McTygue said, as far as he knew, listing municipal property for bid on the Internet is illegal.

McTygue said the $750,000 price is in line with of a property appraisal recently completed of the site.

"Plus, you have to take into account the demolition of the existing lot," said McTygue. "That's going to be an expense."

The city last sold a Broadway property nine years ago. The city looked into selling the lot adjacent to Lillian's it after a portion of the deck collapsed last spring. Approving the sale or purchase of city property requires a super majority of the council " four out of five votes.

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