WATERVLIET — City commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved the $20,000 purchase of a currently unused property at 390 N. Main Street. The move is the first element of a two-step transaction in which the Downtown Development Authority will be the ultimate buyer of the space.

The property being acquired is adjacent to a city parking lot next to Jot Liquor, City Manager R. Tyler Dotson told commission members. The acquisition, he said, “offers a unique opportunity for a public space in the heart of downtown.”