Brownwood City Council members will consider awarding a $350,100 bid Tuesday for the sale of the former Central Fire Station at Austin and Main, which has been vacant since the fire department moved into a new station in 2015.
The bid, submitted by Bill Ruth, is also for the purchase of three adjacent lots.
Council members will consider awarding the bid to “Southside Partners/Fire House Development LLC/Mr. William Ruth" in their 9 a.m. meeting.
Ruth was one of three who submitted bids for the property in January 2018, but the Brownwood Municipal Development District – which owned the property at that time – rejected all three bids, saying none of them met bid specifications.
In September, council members agreed to re-take possession of the property from the BMDD and seek bids. The council set the minimum bid at $350,000.
Ruth posted earlier on social media that “we were the only bidder on the fire station … bringing the best pizza and game room to central Texas is one big step closer.”
Ruth also posted that “a second structure will be built for the coffee house.” Ruth indicated he will own the property and others will own the business.
In other business Tuesday, council members will:
• Consider a request from the Central Texans Veterans Memorial Committee to re-locate the F-4 jet parked on display at the entrance to the Brownwood airport to Memorial Park.
• Consider ratifying BMDD action to award an infrastructure incentive to Cullen Sliger for his business at 2909 Coggin for $5,715.
• Consider donating the World War II murals in the Camp Bowie Recreation Center to the Brown County Museum of History.
• Consider ratifying payment by the BMDD for a comprehensive facilities study for an event/convention center project.