Woodstock officials have signed an agreement to purchase a piece of property downtown that Town Council members approved at their meeting Tuesdaynight.
The land, located at 164 N. Main St. at the corner of East Locust and North Main, had a building on it that burned in 2017, said Woodstock Town Manager Angela Clem.
“We are interested in acquiring the property to enhance the area and encourage future property revitalization,” Clem said.
The property contains some remnants of the existing slab, overgrowth and other structures that will be removed.
Clem said the town is pleased to come to an agreement with the owners of the property in order to move forward with creating an attractive space, which she noted is an objective that is consistent with the town’s strategic vision.
The town plans to clean up the property and would consider possible future use, such as a park or consideration of potential development of the parcel.
Council approved $70,000 to be appropriated into the town’s budget for the purchase of the 8,000-square-foot parcel, Clem said.
Council members also approved a resolution of support for the first phase of the town’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, she said. The resolution will be sent to the Virginia Department of Transportation as part of an 80/20 federally funded grant program for $444,255. Town administrators anticipate hearing back on whether the grant application will be approved or denied in March, she said.
Also at the meeting, Aaron Grisdale, deputy town manager, was appointed to temporarily fill in as town clerk until the position can be filled, Clem said. The position was left vacant when Kim Fravel stepped down.