BELTON — City officials agreed to transfer about 74 acres of land to the Belton Economic Development Corporation, which will be free to develop the area in any way that promotes a public purpose.

The council unanimously approved the transfer during its regular meeting Tuesday. The land, about 100 acres total, is the former site of the Rockwood Industries Plant along Farm-to-Market 93 and east of Interstate 35. The remaining 20 acres will be used for expanding the wastewater plant that is being built to serve both Temple and Belton. The now-defunct Rockwood Industries operated from the mid-1950s until 1987 and produced household insulation.

The land was appraised at about $910,000. Belton EDC could use the land as a recycling operation or as a Belton Independent School District maintenance facility, among other options. City Manager Sam Listi said the plan to re-purpose the land took 10 years.

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