(Red Oak) Red Oak City Officials are moving forward with acquiring some properties.
City Administrator Brad Wright says they have already accepted the deed with no exchange of money for the old Dollar General Store on the Westside of the square from the previous owners Jackie and Lynn Adams.
The item on the Red Oak City Council meeting Monday night was to purchase an empty lot on the square just south of the old Dollar General Store and a piece of property around the corner locally known as the old Mercantile Building. Those two parcels were purchased from Henry Elliott for $25,000.00.Wright says the fate of the buildings hasn’t been finalized just yet.
“That is yet to be determined, but demolition is certainly an option,” stated Wright. “Both those buildings are in dire need of either demolition or work. The city council will be making that final decision and certainly demolition is a possibility if not a probability.”
Wright says over the past few years city officials have been engaged in conversation with the property owners in an effort to get some improvements done on both properties.
“There have been some minimal repairs made to the buildings,” said Wright. “But currently they are in a state of disrepair that will require a substantial amount of money to bring them to a structurally safe condition.”
Wright says the city council conducted two closed door sessions to discuss the purchase of this real estate and Monday the Red Oak City Council made public their intentions to go ahead with the purchase of the two parcels.
July 16, 2013
3:00 p.m. news