“Don’t spend that type on money on speculation,” Tracy said days after the meeting.
Over the years, the city has purchased and owned several properties, some of which have been sold, demolished, scheduled to be demolished or remain vacant.
At its Feb. 4 meting, council will consider purchasing 26.45 acres of property from the Middletown Board of Education that can be used for future redevelopment.
Cohen said the property where the former Middletown Middle School, also formerly Vail Middle School, was located on Girard Avenue is immediately usable as a part of the Oakland Historic Redevelopment Project.
The site has 10.04 acres on two tracts at 1414 Girard Ave. The site was appraised at $255,000 according to the school district. The district put the sale price at $200,000.
Cohen said the remaining properties will be offered as part of redevelopment efforts in attempt to attract additional economic development opportunities.
Those properties include:
• The former Jefferson School site at 800 Charles St., which has 2.85 acres and was appraised at $70,000. The district is asking $56,000 for the property.
• The former Garfield School site at Yankee Road and Cherry Street, which has 3.6 acres and was appraised at $90,000. The sale price was listed at $72,000.
• The former Oneida School site at 2717 Yankee Road, which has 9.96 acres and was appraised at $340,000. The sale price is $272,000.