City moves toward plan to put park in vacant lot

Aug 2, 2012 By Emily Etheredge, Staff Writer

Riverton city administrator Steven Weaver plans to recommend that council members proceed with making the former Daisy Cleaners property at 420 E. Main St. into a park.

The discussion will be placed on the council agenda for the Aug. 21 meeting at Riverton City Hall.

"The city has received no interest in the property since putting it up for sale several months ago," Weaver said. "At this point there have been no calls from potential buyers, and I think it would be in the best interest of council to proceed forward with a park."

Council members voted Feb. 24 to put the parcel of land up for sale after demolishing the building that was deemed an eyesore.

The real estate agent for the property is Bryce Hunter of Home Source Realty. The city is asking $90,000 for the lot.

Weaver said the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality said there were problems with the property, which had leaked fuel leftover from a gasoline station that previously occupied the area.

"(Hunter) essentially felt there was no way someone was going to purchase the property with the liability that was attached with it," Weaver said.

He said the District 25 Recreation Board has expressed interest in giving money to help build a park on the corner lot.

Weaver said if the park were built, there would be a fence constructed around it that would be locked during the evenings to prevent vandalism.

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