Scott County acquires future park land 10 Feb 12

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Scott County is taking advantage of an opportunity to purchase the first piece of land for a new regional park in the Blakely Bluffs.

The Scott County Community Development Agency (CDA) has completed the purchase of a foreclosed land lot of 84 acres off West 250th Street in Blakely Township.

On the land sits a 3,995-square-foot house and two 40-by-80 pole barns. The land was previously owned by Dave and Jane Mayer, who lost the house and lot to foreclosure in 2010.

The house and land, originally listed at $1.5 million, was purchased by Wells Fargo for $746,000 at a sheriff’s sale in September 2010. The house and acreage went back on the market with an asking price of $534,900 last November. Wells Fargo selected the Scott County CDA’s offer of $550,000 with a 20 percent down payment. County parks and trails manager Mark Themig told the commission they were awarded the land because they offered more money down than the runner-up.

Scott County is still awaiting a parkland acquisition grant from the Metropolitan Council, but in order for that to happen the Council must approve the county’s regional master plan, according to Themig. The county’s master plan was submitted earlier this winter. The county expects approval and to receive the grant late next month.

The commission has discussed plans for the land and the house in which in the future will be known as the Lodge at Blakely Bluffs. It will be owned by the county and operated in partnership with Three Rivers Park District. County staff will perform minor maintenance on the site and within the house and Three Rivers District will handle the larger projects requiring heavy-duty equipment.