The City of Houston plans to buy a tract of property whose use will be reviewed for development by study groups.
City Administrator Larry Sutton said the council authorized the purchase from the Forbes estate. The deal is expected to close within the next few days. The tract, which is about four acres near King Street and Hawthorne Avenue, includes two homes. The price was $80,000. The land is one block south of Houston Elementary School.
Sutton said the city’s long-range planning and visionary committees are expected to be involved in the process to determine the property’s use.
Members of the city council, who gathered Monday night, also heard that concrete work for 10 new hangars at Houston Memorial Airport is nearly complete. Assembling the metal structure is slated to start Nov. 11, and it is expected to take two weeks.
In other matters, members:
—Authorized the city administrator’s vehicle to be transferred to the city police department for use by its K-9 unit.
—Reviewed additional changes to a newly developed employee manual. The latest would prohibit city employees from taking vehicles outside the city limits unless on city business.