Athens Review, Athens, Texas

March 5, 2014

County authorizes private resale of Jonathon Street property

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The Henderson County Commissioners Court authorized a private resale of property on Jonathan Street in Athens that has been in the county’s possession for about three years.

Nautical Affordable Housing is acquiring the property for an 80-unit low-income development to be called the New Haven Apartments. 

Part of the plan is to demolish the existing New Haven Apartments. On Feb. 25, the Commissioners Court discussed the issue, but took no action.

This week, armed with more information, the court voted unanimously to approve the sale for $27,460.64, the amount of the tax judgment against the property.

The property, once the site of the Putnam Home, has been through one delinquent tax sale, with no takers. The normal procedure would be to put it up for sale a second time, which would not take place until June.

The agenda item allowed the county to transfer the property by bypassing the sale, and avoiding the possibility of the property going to another bidder.

The transfer of the property is contingent on the buyer getting an award of housing tax credits from the Texas Department of Housing  and Community Affairs.

Don Ball of Nautical said the company has a good success rate for its tax credit applications in the past. He expects a decision in July.

In other action, Commissioners Court approved a proclamation in observance of March 2 through March 8 as Texas Independence Day. Clayton Starr of Crockett, president of the of the James George Chapter of the Sons of the Republic of Texas told the commissioners that the cold weather on Tuesday was much like the framers of Texas’ independence experienced at Washington-on-the-Brazos in 1836.

“I’m thinking, today especially of the kind of weather they had as they sat in a log cabin, with a pot bellied stove,” Starr said. “I imagine the only people warm were those sitting by it.”

Commissioners also voted to:

• grant a permit to allow the East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District to place a 4-inch gravity sewer line within the right-of-way at 121 Totem Pole in Thunderbird Shores in Precinct 2;  and

• authorize payment of bills in the amount of $85,804.44.