Twp. board gets purchase offers for vacant lots

FLINT TWP. — The township board accepted one purchase offer on a vacant parcel it owns on Charter Drive and sent a second offer back with a counteroffer.

They are among nine parcels on Charter Drive off Court and Linden roads that the township listed for sale last spring. All were required for free through the Genesee County Landbank, which gets tax-reverted properties that fail to sell at public auction. Municipalities get first dibs on unsold parcels before they go to the Land Bank.

The board unanimously accepted a $60,000 offer from Dr. Venkat Peram for a 2.44- acre parcel which he plans to use to build a cancer center, according to a real estate agent for Cooper Commercial.

The offer is close to the $30,000 per acre asking price.

The sale is subject to the condition that the buyer submits a site plan for the parcel within 180 days and commences building within 360 days. The goal is to return the property to the tax rolls.

The second offer on two parcels from Cardiovascular Consultants P.C. was for $38,000 — $19,000 per parcel.

Wilson Lahoud, a realtor representing the buyer, also a physician, said that not a lot of new development is happening in Flint Township right now.

He said he representing a buyer who plans to build on the lots within 12 to 18 months and is not a speculator planning to sit on them or flip them.

Trustee Barb Vert said she thought the offer was too low.

Trustee George Menoutes said vacant land is not selling well in Genesee County but being used instead to grow vegetables. He favored selling the parcels to a willing developer.

“We got them for nothing,” he said. The board’s vote to accept the purchase offer was split 3-3, defeating the motion.

Township Supervisor Karyn Miller and trustees Menoutes and Frank Kasle voted yes. Clerk Kim Courts and trustees Vert and Belenda Parker voted no. Treasurer Marcia Binelli was absent.

Miller referred the matter back to the real estate agents to work on a counteroffer.

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