Escambia County Receives $1.1 Million Offer For 15 Acres Of OLF-8

February 10, 2019

Escambia County has received another offer to purchase part of the Navy Outlying Field 8 (OLF -8) property on Nine Mile Road, directly west of the Navy Federal Credit Union.

Black Water Development Company of Birmingham has offered $1.1 million for 15 acres with frontage on Nine Mile Road to construct a commercial center with a mix of retail, small offices and restaurants.

Last month, Hemmer Consulting of Pensacola, 68 Ventures of Spanish Fort, AL, and their affiliated companies offered $18 million for approximately 530 acres. Navy Federal has offered to purchase the other 100 acres of OLF-8 for $4.2 million.

Escambia County acquired OLF-8 in a land swap with the U.S. Navy for property in Santa Rosa County.

If the county decides to sell the property, it is legally obligated to declare the acreage surplus and sell to the highest bidder.


15 Responses to “Escambia County Receives $1.1 Million Offer For 15 Acres Of OLF-8”

  1. Chris Saul on February 14th, 2019 3:46 pm

    1.1 million for 15 acres of frontage road? I hope the county doesn’t sell that for that price. Have you seen the price of property on nine mile road. It is climbing, almost daily and when the finished four lane is done Imagine what its going to cost to buy commercial zoned property.

  2. Wilykyote on February 13th, 2019 8:54 am

    I’m thinking NOLF8 was a fixed wing field back in the 40’s. Prolly a
    grassed landing/take-off runway. Think there were fuel tanks
    on site and buildings and septic systems of some sort. Also thinking
    that an Archeological inspection might be be needed to eliminate the
    possibility of burial grounds etc. or other remnants of habitation over the
    past few centuries.

  3. A Alex on February 13th, 2019 7:04 am

    also the building the Harley Davidson is in. County lost how much in those two deals

  4. tg on February 11th, 2019 4:15 pm

    Save a little for the new Beaulla City Hall

  5. wilykyote on February 11th, 2019 3:29 pm

    The Land is a mile square…640 acre + or – ?. I’m thinking don’t
    do anything until we know about Interstate on/off accessibility. Then,
    if legal, sell what can at best offers. Does the County need any of
    the land ? When plan to sell, the use for the buyers should be approved
    by “We The People “ and that’s because we own it ,not the Commissioners.
    Yes, they were elected to do our bidding but occasionally they’ve proven
    to be more “Political “ than businesslike ! This is a really “big deal “ in the
    future development along 9 Mile rd. and North. The area is booming and
    land use must be examined and re-examined. Traffic and highways ideas
    presented on north and other news outlets. I’m not saying the
    deciders can’t be trusted ….just make all the facts and ideas very public and
    open for suggestions. We The People might have some good ideas !

  6. JD on February 10th, 2019 11:32 pm

    Yes, pardon my typo…100 acres for NFCU.

  7. Tommy on February 10th, 2019 8:31 pm


    The offer was for 100 acres for NFCU….15 ACRES for blackwater development…and Fred Hemmer made an offer on the rest.

  8. Charlie on February 10th, 2019 6:56 pm

    @JD—It is NOT the Credit Union that wants the 15 acres. It is Black Water Development Company of Birmingham. The Credit Union wants 100 acres. If an exit is added from I-10 to there as some expect, the value should increase quite a bit, so I say again, don’t be in a hurry to sell. Prime property like this is a rare find these days.

  9. Charlie on February 10th, 2019 6:44 pm

    They shouldn’t be in a hurry to sell to anyone. Over time it will probably only increase in value. It doesn’t cost anything to let it sit idle for awhile. Looks like some would like to have a “sweetheart” early sale deal. I think it would be wise to have the Credit Union to have first refusal on property next to where they presently exist, as it would make sense for their future expansion. Just don’t “give it away” to those who would like to buy at less than fair market value.

  10. Laughing on February 10th, 2019 5:24 pm

    Obviously no one here knows much about what goes on.

    Or can rean very well.

  11. BIG JOHN on February 10th, 2019 4:10 pm


  12. dishearted on February 10th, 2019 12:43 pm

    ( Matt ) the tax payers own everything owned by the county, they write the and the check, tax payer has to cash it, through taxes.

  13. JD on February 10th, 2019 9:59 am

    The county should:
    A) Accept NFCU’s offer for the 15 acres
    B) Accept NFCU’s proposal to develop a master plan for the entire site
    C) Restrict any development directly facing 9 Mile (NO more strip malls!)
    D) Create two main entrances into the property to access any retail, offices, restaurants, and housing via service roads
    E) Create a border of heavy landscaping facing 9 Mile

  14. mat on February 10th, 2019 9:11 am

    When the county sells the property, where does all the money go to?
    Do the tax payers of escambia county own this?

  15. KK on February 10th, 2019 7:54 am

    I thought sales were not a matter of public record until they close.

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