GALVESTON — With the city seemingly set to acquire a piece of surplus federal property, one city council member is seeking input about how it should be used.

On Thursday, council will consider approving a resolution to acquire the property at 5301 Ave. S. The building is both a former Navy and Marine Corps reserve center and former police department substation.

The property is on the same block as the baseball fields at Crockett Park.

Councilwoman Terrilyn Tarlton, who represents the district the property is in, has been circulating a survey among her constituents about how it should be developed if the city does acquire the land.

Tarlton has asked responders to vote between turning the property into park space or Little League baseball fields, creating public housing, selling it to a private developer or donating it to a nonprofit organization.

She said on Monday that the most vocal response has been to sell the property to get it on the tax rolls, followed closely by turning it into recreational space. She said she’s received over 200 responses as of Jan. 15.

“It’s been very much on everyone’s mind,” said Tarlton. “People are really, really interested about how it will be used.”

The poll is informal, and the actual use of the property would still have to be subject to feasibility studies and a council vote sometime in the future.

Tarlton said she is still accepting opinions about the property. They can be sent to

Google link to location of the property

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