A negotiations update between Warren County government and the owners of 509 Sparta Street, the old Crouch Motors, provided little insight as to what is going on behind the scenes.
“We have tentatively agreed to have something drawn up,” said Warren County Executive Jimmy Haley. “They are drawing up a document contingent upon some conditions that we’ve place upon the property as far as it being approved as an ARP funding mechanism plus the County Commission voting to make that purchase.”
The county Building and Grounds Committee gave Haley permission in June to begin price negotiations and at that time offered contingency items which would likely need to be done to the property.
County government is considering a property purchase in order to relocate Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency out of the Administrative Office Building so that portion of the building can be used for storage.
Haley’s update did not include any efforts being made toward a price reduction. The advertised selling price is $550,000. However, he did comment that a second property might be under consideration.
“Another piece of property may be available that we are going to go look at, just as a backup,” said Haley.
No specific property was mentioned during this meeting. However, briefly discussed in county Safety Committee meeting last month was 300 Garfield Street, the previous location of Metal Products Company. That building has already been sold to Keith Bouldin so it is no longer an option.
Purchase of property will require approval by the full Warren County Commission.