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VFW sold to secret buyer
VFW members voted to approve the sale of the property at 3340 Sparta Highway on Thursday night, although they are not revealing the buyer.

VFW Post 5064 is under contract.

An offer was accepted Thursday night by VFW Post members, but it wasn’t the offer from the city of McMinnville. 

“It was rejected,” said Post Commander Joey Topper, when asked about the fate of the city’s offer.

The property, located at 3340 Sparta Highway, has been on the market for well over a year. Located on the land is a concrete boat ramp that people have used for decades to access the Collins River. The ramp is a popular spot to exit the river after kayaking from Pepper Branch Park. 

City officials offered $50,000 to purchase only the lower parking lot and the concrete boat ramp to secure continued public access to that area. VFW officials said that offer was never a serious consideration because it separated the most valuable part of the property from the rest of it.

VFW members are remaining tightlipped about the offer they accepted Thursday night, but one member did divulge that the offer was for the entire property and was very close to the $275,000 asking price. 

When contacted, realtor Donald Hillis cited realtor/ client confidentiality and declined to divulge the name of the buyer of the property until the deal closes. 

“It should close by the end of the month or a few days into May,” said Hillis. 

VFW officials also failed to elaborate and say if it’s a local buyer and if that buyer plans to allow public boat ramp access to continue.

City officials can attempt to negotiate a deal with the property’s new owner, or begin the search for a new exit from the Collins River if a deal is not possible.