A special election will be held for Mesquite voters on May 4 to determine the future use of 171 acres of city-owned property located within the city limits of Balch Springs. This land was purchased by the city in 1994 as part of a property foreclosure by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
According to the city website, Mesquite would like to sell the property and use the proceeds to improve parkland in the city. State law requires voter approval for the sale of any property that is designated as parkland.
If the city garners voter approval, the proceeds would be used to improve current parks, recreation facilities, trails and other park-related amenities within the city limits.
If this does not get voter approval the property has certain federal Housing and Urban Development restrictions that require the property to be used toward certain uses. Currently, Mesquite does not have plans to do anything with the property that meet those requirements.
According to the city website, the election can’t wait until November because there’s currently a developer interested in the property, and because of the complex restrictions placed on the property by HUD, this is an opportunity for the city to the sell the property.
For more information on this property, the special election, voting times and locations, visit cityofmesquite.com/2019specialelection.