McMinnville officials could find themselves with a piece of prime commercial property on Magness Drive once that street directly connects to the Highway 70S bypass. Interest has already begun.
The city Building and Grounds Committee will meet this Tuesday, Jan. 11, at 5 p.m. Officials will be discussing two items of business: 1) a request to lease the Pacesetters building, and 2) discuss City Hall roof leaks.
“We had planned to wait until construction was complete on the Magness Drive intersection project to do anything with the property, at the suggestion of TDOT,” said city administrator Nolan Ming, in a written correspondence with committee members. “I was contacted by a private company who is very interested in leasing the property as soon as possible, and the pending construction project didn’t deter them. They said they could start leasing it now or wait until the Magness Drive project was complete.”
Ming relayed that he contacted TDOT regarding any “concerns” it might have about the city leasing the building prior to completion of the project and none were expressed.
“Their only concern was with us leasing the land,” said Ming.
TDOT plans to extend Magness Drive and connect it to Highway 70S bypass at a red-light intersection. During its efforts to secure the necessary right-of-way property, which the city of McMinnville is required to pay half that cost, city officials chose to purchase the entire Pacesetters property.
When contacted by the Southern Standard, Ming declined to divulge the name of the private business.
He did state, “It’s a trucking company, and I’m not sure if we should release their name at this point or not. I think the main question we are considering is whether or not to even entertain the option.”
As for the roof at McMinnville City Hall, committee members will be discussing approval of advertising for bids to repair.
“The roof has leaked enough recently to cause a short in a light in the drop ceiling in the southeast office resulting in smoke and a call to the Fire Department,”
said Ming. “This week the roof leaked again in the same area causing damage to several ceiling tiles and lights. We have had to disconnect the power and vacate that office.”
Committee meetings are held on the second floor of City Hall in its board room.