CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Charlottesville's City Council is considering a move to buy land in the city that could be used for affordable housing in the future.

In 2010, property owners were approved to build a subdivision at the end of Hartman's Mill Road, but things never went any further.

For years now Charlottesville's City Council has been negotiating with the city to sell all of the land with certain restrictions.

The property was assessed a 2019 value of $247,000 but the city will pay $270,000 for it.

In addition, the owners will donate residual land that must be used as green space, adjacent to other land bought by the city in 2014. In total, the property spans nearly 3 acres. 

“In a small city like Charlottesville, 10 square miles, the opportunities to find green space or place where we can build affordable housing are limited so whenever we have an opportunity like this and a reasonable price we want to work with the community and make things like this happen,” said Brian Wheeler, director of communications for the city of Charlottesville.

The city tells NBC29 the purpose for the land is to add it to the housing stock for development later down the road.

It's too soon to know what will happen to the property, but the city says it could be transferred over to CRHA or a nonprofit to develop the site for housing.