City makes offer on county lot

The City of Port Aransas will offer $925,000 to Nueces County to buy a piece of county-owned property in Port Aransas.

At a special meeting on Monday, April 4, the city council voted, 6-0, to make the offer on the vacant lot at 430 N. Alister St.

It wasn’t immediately clear when county commissioners might consider the offer.

The city is set to use hotel occupancy tax revenue to make the purchase, according to City Manager Dave Parsons.

If the city can obtain the 23,589-square-foot property, it will be looking at putting a public green space and possibly a gazebo there, Parsons said.

Non-profits could use it for events. A small parking component also could be involved, he said.

The lot once was home to a building that most recently housed the Port Aransas Computer Center. Hurricane Harvey, which struck in 2017, prompted the demolition of the single-story structure.

Years before the Computer Center was there, the building housed the county constable’s office and justice-of-the-peace court. The Port Aransas Police Department and firefighters also operated there in the past.

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