A move by the to buy a former pizza restaurant is one of the ways to the city can help boost a community that is still reeling from the recession, said Community Development Director Adam Dotson.
The approved the purchase this week of the former Numero Uno site at 15426 S. Cicero Ave. for $165,000. The next step is to improve the property and make it ready to sell in the hopes that another business moves in.
"For the city, this is a great opportunity to show the business community as well as the surrounding area that we do believe Cicero Avenue has the opportunity to turn around," Dotson said.
Dotson urged the council to continue looking for ways to invest into the business community to increase the property tax base.
"We not only need to start making decisions on the public side of the road but (also) some decisions on the private side of the road," Dotson said.
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