The City of Brownwood inched closer Tuesday to the sale of the former Central Fire Station property at Austin Avenue and Main Street. Residents will have to wait a few more weeks, though, before learning which fast food restaurant will likely be the new occupant of the prime property.
    Brownwood City Council members took action Tuesday morning to authorize the sale of the property through a sealed bid process. A developer has submitted a letter of intent to buy the property for $290,000, with the provision that the Brownwood Municipal Development District (BMDD) pay for asbestos remediation and demolition of the building, BMDD Executive Director Guy Andrews told council members.
    Andrews did not name the developer but said the developer plans to build a $950,000, 1,640-square-foot fast food restaurant with 40 parking spaces, a drive-thru lane and 20 employees with an average annual salary of $20,000. Those numbers will be in the bid specifications, Andrews said.
    Andrews declined to name the restaurant but said its first-year estimated sales would be $2 million, which would generate $165,000 in sales tax revenue.
    Andrews also said he heard Monday from another entity that expressed interest in the property.
    Andrews gave council members a figure of $60,000 for asbestos remediation and demolition of the existing building, but said the actual cost will be less.
    The property has been vacant since April 2015, when the Brownwood Fire Department moved out and took possession of a new Central Fire Station.
    In other business Tuesday, council members:
    • Approved a $350,000 incentive agreement with Hendrick Health System, which plans to construct a medical office building next to the Hendrick Surgery Center at 2371 Crockett. The project is a 20,500-square-foot building with a covered walkway and provision for future expansion.
    The budget is $11.6 million, council members were told. The building will include space for multiple physicians and specialties, a lab draw station, radiology services and physical therapy services connected to the physician space.
    Upon obtaining a certificate of occupancy, Hendrick will receive $100,000, according to the agreement. For the next five years, Hendrick will verify it has at least 18 employees with an average salary of $73,278 and receive up to $50,000.
    • Approved a $100,000 incentive for a new warehouse at Nelson wholesale at 2304 Highway 377 South, to be applied toward a traffic signal at either the intersection of Highway 377 and 15th or Highway 377 and Brady.
    • Approved a a Building Improvement Incentive Grant of up to $16,200 for the Edward Jones building at 500 Main. Owner Pierre Osbourn plans a renovation to include a new roof, new exterior on the front, a new front entrance, new windows, ceiling tile replacement and repair of water stains on walls.