Westwood agrees to buy strategic church property for $400,000 after Westwood Christian closes

Westwood Christian Church on Rainbow Blvd. sits just to the south of the city park and east of Westwood View Elementary.
Westwood Christian Church on Rainbow Blvd. sits just to the south of the city park and east of Westwood View Elementary.

The City of Westwood has agreed to buy the Westwood Christian Church property on Rainbow Boulevard for $400,000. The city council approved the sales contract with the church on Thursday.

The city is expected to close on the sale and consider financing options for the purchase at its February meeting. The church closed its doors late last year after the congregation had dwindled into the 20s. Interim pastor Joe Walker said earlier the church could have received more money from a private purchaser, but wanted the property to be used by the community.

Westwood City Clerk Fred Sherman delivered the oath of office to new police chief Greg O'Halloran Thursday evening.
Westwood City Clerk Fred Sherman delivered the oath of office to new police chief Greg O’Halloran Thursday evening. A reception for retiring chief Corkey Wells starts at 3 p.m. today at city hall.

Although a specific future use for the building has not been determined, the property is strategic for the city because it adjoins the city’s Joe D. Dennis Park and Westwood View Elementary School. Planning for the use of the property will include the school district, Mayor John Yé has indicated.

The city council meeting Thursday also saw the installation of the Greg O’Halloran as the city’s new police chief. He replaces retiring chief Carlos (Corkey) Wells who joined the Westwood department in 1976 and has been chief since 1987. A reception for Wells is planned for 3 to 6 p.m. today at city hall.

The council also raised the monthly salary of the mayor to $700. In making the change, several councilors complimented Mayor Ye for his dedication to the city and the number of hours he dedicates to city business. Council pay remains at $250 per month.