Plain Township administrator J.B. Bowe is working with Metro Parks officials to possibly sell the 32.4 acres the township owns on Walnut Street.

Plain Township administrator J.B. Bowe is working with Metro Parks officials to possibly sell the 32.4 acres the township owns on Walnut Street.

The plot was under dispute earlier this year after local radio station Christian Voice of Central Ohio contacted the township about a $940,000 lease-purchase agreement for the land for its 400-foot radio tower.

The three township trustees rejected the proposal in March after residents expressed concerns over the tower's location.

Bowe said he met two weeks ago with John O'Meara, Metro Parks executive director, to talk about the possible sale to the parks system, which currently is developing the Rocky Fork Headwaters Metro Park in northern Plain Township.

"They have a set amount they offer per acre," he said. "I am asking them to review our acreage because it has two buildings on it, and if they are buildings they could use, it could be worth more. Hopefully, that would make the loss less painful."

He said one of the buildings is a barn and the other is a garage with an attached storage shed.

Bowe said O'Meara offered $14,500 per acre, which would total about $470,000 for the township -- half of CVCO's offer.

Bowe said he plans to meet with Metro Parks officials Tuesday to discuss further options. He expects to provide the trustees with detailed information soon.

Bob Wuebker, whose property on Harlem Road abuts the 32 acres, spoke against selling the land to CVCO, saying the property initially was purchased to go to the Metro Parks.

"We're big proponents of having parkland," he said. "We're going to need it here in New Albany -- parkland other than ballparks and soccer fields. We need something where people can go out and walk and exercise their animals."

He said having a Metro Park in Plain Township could be beneficial.

Wuebker said it gives animals a place to go and helps preserve the township's rural character.

"One of the things it does is, it locks that land up from development," he said. "We are looking for green space. That's why we bought here. We are here for the rest of our lives."

O'Meara said the piece of Plain Township property is attractive to Metro Parks officials.

"The 32-acre site next to land we already own in the park area is interesting to us," he said. "We are interested in the land."

He said Metro Parks officials do not know how the land would be used if it were purchased, though, because the park has not been designed yet.

The Metro Parks board has purchased 322 acres in the area for the Rocky Fork Headwaters Metro Park.

O'Meara said Metro Parks representatives plan to continue negotiations with Plain Township officials.

"It's early on in the process," he said. "We keep negotiating to see if we can find an acceptable agreement."

Bowe said he looks to have an action item for the purchase on the trustees' next agenda.