November 23, 2015 6:45PM
What began with a simple conversation between two partners has ended in a land exchange worth nearly $600,000.
Pittsburg State University and the City of Pittsburg late last month received final approval from Kansas’ Attorney General on an agreement in which the two entities will exchange just over 100 acres of land. To celebrate the moment, city and university leaders held a special signing ceremony just prior to the City of Pittsburg’s commission meeting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
“This process began nearly two years ago during a discussion of our facilities plans,” said PSU President, Steve Scott. “We wanted better access to our Baja site and an area for future expansion. The city wanted land that would help it attract new housing. We discovered we each had the solution to the other’s problem.”
Under terms of the exchange, the city receives 72.7 acres, valued at $283,550, located just south of the Bitner Addition in the southeast part of Pittsburg.
Pittsburg State receives 25.10 acres of land just south of its current Baja competition site and the 5.18 acres of land on which its rugby field sits. This land is valued at $283,992.
“Housing is a priority for our city,” said City of Pittsburg Manager Daron Hall. “The exchange helps us move forward with plans to attract a new residential development. This is a win-win for our community and our university.”
The exchange required nearly 18 months of negotiations and the approval of the Kansas Board of Regents, the Kansas Legislature and the Kansas Attorney General. State Senator Jake LaTurner led the effort to have the exchange approved by the legislature.
“I’m committed to helping our district grow,” said LaTurner. “This proposal lays the groundwork for future expansion and does so at no cost. I was honored to take this forward on behalf of our city and our university. I look forward to seeing the results of our hard work in the years to come.”