The city of Gering has apparently come to terms with an entrepreneur seeking to develop the downtown lots that formerly held the Lane Auction House.
Following a closed session during their Monday meeting, the Gering City Council voted unanimously to authorize Mayor Tony Kaufman to sign a purchase agreement with Wade Brashear, who wants to develop a restaurant on the property.
Kaufman says the city is looking forward to have a positive public-private partnership regarding the land. “While sometimes these projects take a couple of years to unwind, and sometimes the public might get frustrated with the timetable, the point was to take a property that was severely distressed and dilapidated in our community, and really an eyesore, clean it up and get it into a form that would allow the private sector at some point in time find a useful purpose for it,” says Kaufman.
Kaufman would not reveal terms of the agreement until it’s finalized by all parties, however the city had previously listed the land for $75,000.
In other action, the council approved 12 grants from the Keno Fund totaling $69,661. Included on the list was $11,000 for improvements to the Monument Dog Park by the group Common Grounds, and over $27,000 to pay for a year’s lease of body and dash cams for the Gering Police Department.