DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — In order to preserve the historic property, the city of Dothan made an unexpected resolution at its weekly commission meeting, to pony up an offer and purchase the Houston County Farm Center.

The Brightwork Group based out of Florida has already offered somewhere between $2.2 to $2.5 million for the property, now the city is throwing its hat in the ring, offering $2.5 million.

“What we have decided as a commission to do is purchase the farm center property, the 38 acres from the county in an effort to control that area, the development of that area, and really be engaged in making that the best for Dothan,” District Five Commissioner, Gantt Pierce said.

The sale between the Brightwork Group and Houston County was put on hold. With the new offer presented, the city hopes to provide more opportunities for Dothan.

“We want economic development, we want jobs, we want things that create sales tax revenue,” Pierce said. “We want all of those things in an effort to continue to help Dothan grow.”

“Any time a piece of property is for sale that’s part of an economic development picture for the whole city, it not only affects the commissioner and that one particular district but it’s a part of who we are all over the city,” Dothan Mayor Mark Saliba said. “Economic development is important to us.”

The city voted unanimously to move forward with the offer and now leaves the fate of the farm center in the hands of the Houston County Commission.