In other business Tuesday, the commission approved buying an acre of property at 2321 N. Eighth St. for future park land from Frances Dean Gillan for $105,000, with half to be paid at closing on Oct. 15 and the remainder paid by Jan. 15, 2014.
Randy Grisell, city attorney, said the city was approached by the property owner offering to sell it to the city.
"Years ago, the city inquired as to whether this owner, as well as some other owners, were interested in selling their properties, and we finally got a response," Grisell said.
Currently, a house on the property is being rented and the lease will continue with the current tenant and the city will take over maintenance of the property.
"It's a little different role for the city, but I don't think the future plans are to maintain a house there," Grisell said.
Alan Geier, parks superintendent, said at some point in the future the property will be turned into a park. Another park, Finnup Scout Park, is located on the south end of the block.