As the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors tries to decide what to do with the old Blacksburg High School property, neighbors had a chance to weigh in on the options for selling the land.’
Some people want the town of Blacksburg to buy it and use it for recreational space. According to officials, the town of Blacksburg has offered $2.3 million for the property, but a developer, HS Development, LLC, has offered $3 million, about $700,000 more than the town’s offer.
The Board of Supervisors accepted public input on the issue at its meeting Monday night.
People who support the town purchasing the property argued that the land should be kept for public use as it is now since many people use the fields and track there. In addition, according to District G Supervisor April DeMotts, who represents the neighborhood, the difference in the offers is less than $700,000 when adjusted for factors like inflation.
“Blacksburg is only 19 square miles, so in that 19 square miles, there aren’t a lot of large parcels left,” DeMotts said. “This is a very unique opportunity for the town to do something for the citizens forever.”
But according to Christopher Tuck, chairman of the Board of Supervisors representing District B, when the property was passed along to the county from the school board once the new high school was built, the county agreed sell the property for as much as possible and pass that money along to the county schools.
Tuck said the HS Development offer brings in more money for the schools, and people living on the property means more tax revenue for the county.
“I understand where Supervisor DeMotts is coming from – I understand that,” Tuck said. “But there’s a commitment that the Board of Supervisors made to the school board, and I intend to live up to that commitment.”
David Hagan of HS Development, who spoke at Monday’s meeting, said he does not yet know what the property would be used for.
The Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on the issue at a later time.