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Westmorland RDA sells property for $1 to build 50-room motel

December 01, 2001|By MARIO RENTERIA

Staff Writer

WESTMORLAND — The City Council, sitting as the Redevelopment Agency, has agreed to sell property at Highway 86 and H Street to a local developer that would use the land to build a 50-room motel.

The property will be sold to High Spirits LP for $1 as an incentive to develop the motel, which, city official said, would bring in much-needed property tax revenue.

High Spirits LP is owned by Dr. Veerinder Anand of El Centro and Rick Desai of Las Vegas.

The Redevelopment Agency bought the property from Brawley resident Clark Seybert for $42,000.

The council also is attempting to purchase property from Westmorland resident Steve Dickerson for the development of a residential drug-treatment facility for women.

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The RDA was to negotiate with Dickerson in closed session Tuesday, but a minor sticking point in negotiations still needs to be addressed, said Mayor Henry Halcon.

He said he is sure the problem will be handled and the plans for the treatment facility will move forward.

He would not elaborate on the negotiations.

The council did approve an agreement to sell the property to Alternative Program Inc. of Bakersfield for $1 once the city acquires the property from Dickerson.

The property is located on the southwest corner of Highway 86 and G Street.

Alternative Program would use that land for its drug and alcohol treatment facility.

>> Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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