Grover Beach officials are moving ahead with the process to sell a piece of property now used as a community garden.
On Monday, the City Council voted 3-1 to have staff obtain an appraisal and list the property, located at 920 Brighton Ave., with a broker. Councilwoman Phyllis Molnar dissented, and Councilwoman Debbie Peterson was absent.
Staff and members of the city’s Parks, Recreation and Beautification Commission will continue to research sites to relocate the garden.
The council has been debating whether to sell the property for about a year to help plug a budget deficit. The council voted last December to move forward.
Earlier this month, the city’s Planning Commission determined that disposing of the property is consistent with the city’s general plan, which is its blueprint for growth.
At past meetings, gardeners who use the site urged the council to reconsider its decision, noting the loss of open space.
On Monday, gardener Linda Voth, who lives nearby, told the council she’d like to see the city commit to a site for a new community garden.
“To date there have been only references to identifying sites but no commitments to spend money to design the future gardens, meter water, install irrigation, divide the plots and provide needed fencing,” she said.