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Old Independence city hall building has buyer

INDEPENDENCE — The Independence City Council has accepted a $385,000 offer from Julie Cresser to buy the old city hall building, 240 Monmouth St., subject to legal review and a public hearing.

December 23, 2013

INDEPENDENCE — The Independence City Council has accepted a $385,000 offer from Julie Cresser to buy the old city hall building, 240 Monmouth St., subject to legal review and a public hearing.

"We are working through the contract right now," said City Manager David Clyne.

The city had the building for sale for three years, but hadn't gotten a meaningful offer until now, he said.

The council looked at the business plan, and liked what it saw, Clyne added.

A public hearing is required before the sale is final. It is scheduled for the next city council meeting, Jan. 14.

Cresser said she was pleased the council accepted her offer, adding "I've been working on this for the last six months."

She plans to open a business called Family Treasures. She will move into the building on Jan. 1, and said she plans on a soft opening on Valentine's Day, followed by a grand opening on March 20.

"It is a craft and collectibles mall," she said.

Along with places for vendors — including local farmers — she plans to keep the original council chambers room intact, where she will hold classes for the community for "arts and crafts, health and wealth."

Some ideas she has for classes include yoga, nutrition, budgeting and investing.

Cresser still has room for more vendors. For more information: Julie Cresser 541-207-4387; or email investmentjewels@gmail.com.

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