A 22.5-acre parcel of land once considered a possible Joshua tree preserve has been given to the Lancaster redevelopment agency.
The redevelopment agency is negotiating with a developer interested in buying some of the property. The agency voted to acquire the property from the city for $1.27 million. The city originally purchased the vacant land, without having it appraised, for $1.1 million in December, 1991, from Joseph Rivani, a land investor. Rivani, who was delinquent on his property taxes at the time, paid about $760,500 for the land three years earlier.