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Council approves sale of old city hall

INDEPENDENCE — The Independence City Council ratified a contract to sell the old city hall building after a brief public hearing at its Jan. 14 meeting.

Independence City Council

Independence City Council

January 21, 2014

INDEPENDENCE — The Independence City Council ratified a contract to sell the old city hall building after a brief public hearing at its Jan. 14 meeting.

A public hearing is required whenever a city sells surplus property, City Manager David Clyne said.

The sales contract, with buyer 2B Worthy LLC, registered in Colorado, passed a legal review, he said.

Councilwoman Nancy Lodge asked for a few more details on the deal, as she was out of town when the council first approved the sale.

The contract is for $385,000, Clyne said. Jewels Cressor, 2B Worthy LLC general partner, has already begun sprucing up the building, located at 240 Monmouth St., for her purposes.

Clyne said he saw the sale as a benefit to the city.

"Currently we pay for maintenance on this (building)," he said. "Immediately, that's done."

In addition to that savings, the city will have a new business on the tax rolls plus the monthly payment on the building, Clyne said.

The monthly payment will exceed any rent figures the city has received from tenants in the past, he added.

"It should create a lot of activity downtown with the various vendors Jewels is projecting," Clyne said. "This is the (use) we feel most matches the vision of what we had (for the building)."

Councilman Forrest Peck had some concerns about an LLC registered out of state purchasing a city building.

"I'd like to move forward with the sale, but I would like to clarify that point," he said.

"I don't know if there's any risk," Clyne said. "We have a personal guarantee of a local resident (Cressor)."

After a brief call to the city attorney, Clyne said there was not a problem with selling the building to a company registered out of state.

No public comments were made for or against the sale. The council ratified the contract unanimously.

Cressor said she is aiming for a soft opening of her new business, Family Treasures, on March 20. The business is a craft and collectibles mall, she added.

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."

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