The Galveston City Council voted today to sell two city-owned properties and use the proceeds to construct a covered vehicular and equipment storage on existing city property.
Selling the properties is the highest and best use for these city-owned assets. This decision comes as the city is performing an ongoing asset review to determine the best uses for taxpayer-owned assets.
The property at 5001 Ave Q½ is a former fire station, which was closed in the 1990s and later diverted for use by the police dive team and marine division for operations, storage, and staging of equipment. City administration and the Police Chief have been working together for more than a year to find a solution for housing the division and its assets. The current facility does not fully meet the division’s needs because some of the equipment must be stored outside and has already been the subject of theft. This facility is not optimal for storing the marine division equipment because it is too small and needs renovations. It’s also located in a residential neighborhood where its current or future use is incongruent with the residential uses in the R-1 neighborhood. The division will remain at its current location until arrangements have been made to move to a suitable facility after the sale of the building.
The second facility (located at 2604 Ave Q) is also a former fire station that was previously converted for EMS use housing vehicles, equipment, supplies, and personnel before being shuttered in October 2017. The cost to maintain the facility was excessive and the living conditions were considered substandard and/or unsanitary by the Galveston County Health District which was operating the EMS out of the building. This facility is not optimal for future use and is located in an Urban neighborhood where its use as a City facility is clearly not the highest and best use of the property.
For more information about this item, please see the city’s Staff Report, available here. If you have any other questions, please contact the Public Information Office at 409-692-6514.