The Miami Public School District has negotiated a contract to purchase a property at H Street NW and Veterans Boulevard for future development as a bus barn.

The property, 16 lots in all, will cost the district $100,000, Superintendent Bill Stephens said.

“There is a building there that at first we didn't think we would be able to use, Stephens said. “But, we had an architect look at it and we may be able to put it to use.

The property once housed a trucking company, Stephens said.

In June, the district sold the property it currently uses to park and provide maintenance to district vehicles, including 16 buses. That property, a block between Fourth Avenue and Fifth Avenue SE and H Street and G Street SE, was purchased by the Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma.

The purchase included four lots on G Avenue SE where the district once had its offices. The district moved its offices to 26 N. Main Street in Miami's downtown last year.

The tribe purchased the properties from the district for $1.2 million. The deal would allow the district to remove steel used in the bus barn from the property. The steel could be used in the construction of a new buiding if one is necessary at the Veterans Boulevard property. The deal also allows the district to use the bus barn until the end of the year.