An informal verbal request to purchase used bricks from the Blue Building’s gymnasium is under consideration.
Investment Partners LLC has expressed an interest in purchasing bricks from the city of McMinnville in order to use them for a construction project the group has underway on East Main Street.
That proposal came through Alderman Steve Harvey and was presented to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
“I’ve been approached by the developers that are building on the lots that we sold about the potential of using brick from the Blue Building that was torn down when they took the gym and auditorium off,” said Harvey. “I don’t know if there is enough to do the entire building. Regardless, they are interested in it. I wanted to see what everybody thought about selling it to them.”
The gymnasium and auditorium were removed in 2013. The following year, the bricks that survived were cleaned, stacked on pallets, and stored.
State law prohibits local governments from arbitrarily selling assets to any one prospective buyer.
Instead, items must be deemed surplus and offered to the public through sealed bids, live auction or online auction.
While city attorney Tim Pirtle was not in attendance during the meeting, Alderman Everett Brock said he had a prior conversation with him.
“I talked to Tim about it and he said we would have to take sealed bids,” said Brock. “If we wanted to try and keep it local, we would be better off to advertise it locally and not on surplus.gov where everybody in the United States would have a shot at it.”
It is unknown how many bricks are being requested due to the lack of a formal request.
“The problem is, I don’t know if they are talking about just the façade or the whole building,” said Brock. “If it is the façade, it would be an extremely small amount in comparison to the whole thing.”
Officials tabled discussion until a formal request has been received.