Opposed by a formidable coalition of neighborhood groups and community organizations, the proposed sale of Healy-Murphy Park goes before the Quality of Life Committee Tuesday, May 12, at 3pm in City Hall's Media Briefing Room.
The small Eastside park's sale was set in motion in 2007, when outgoing District 2 Councilwoman Sheila McNeil received an inquiry from the La Villita del Rio development corporation, which plans to extend the adjacent Comfort Suites onto the property if council approves the sale.
In the end, La Villita was the only bidder, at a price almost $500,000 less than the $800,000 used to tantalize the public last summer and fall. The Parks & Rec Board, which at first opposed issuing a request for bids, later approved the sale process, but ultimately recommended that Council reject La Villita's lone offer. Even the District 2 rep voted against it, making McNeil's insistence on the mayoral campaign trail that her opponents on the issue are isolated rabblerousers unintentionally hilarious.
McNeil received a scant 3 percent of the vote in Saturday's election, but political observers expect her to chase Tommy Adkisson's Precinct 4 County Commission seat.
Quality of Life Committee members include outgoing councilwomen Diane Cibrian (also a mayoral candidate this year; she earned 8 percent of the vote; her replacement will be chosen in the June 13 runoff) and Delicia Herrera (who will be replaced in District 6 June 1 by Ray Lopez), District 1's Mary Alice Cisneros (who fended off a strong challenge from Chris Forbrich on Saturday), and Jennifer Ramos, who ran unopposed for reelection.
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