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The property containing the two buildings that the city agreed to purchase last week for $8,671 have both fallen into disrepair over the years. Several smaller buildings at the rear of the property were also included in the purchase. (Reporter photo by Dale Johnson)



Published August 29, 2018

City buys dilapidated buildings

CAMDENTON – Citing health and safety concerns, the city has purchased two buildings on the square last week for $8,671 from Foster Night Hawk LLC.

One of the buildings included in the purchase housed the Night Hawk (or Night Hawks as the original sign says) in days gone by but it and the other building have fallen into disrepair over the years and have now become a safety hazard, according to City Administrator Jeff Hancock.

In a written report to the Board of Aldermen, Hancock and City Clerk Renee Kingston explained the situation with the buildings.

“As has been communicated, the City has been concerned about the health and safety through the continuing dilapidation of the former Knight Hawk and Kitty Hawk buildings that is located at 90 and 94 W US Highway 54. As a result, discussions were held on the possibility of obtaining the properties for possible demolition and additional parking and transportation improvements. These discussions included an executive session to discuss real estate whereby the Board directed the Mayor to attempt to obtain the property free and/or to negotiate at a not to exceed price. Negotiations took place whereupon the following was to the agreed to price: Price of $5,000 plus $3,000 commission and approximately $671 in closing costs for a final price of approximately $8,671.”

Though $3,000 commission seems high Hancock said that the overall price is a good price and since they started at “give it to us for free” and ended at $8,671, the city is satisfied with the final cost.

Hancock told The Reporter that the initial idea was to tear down the buildings and use the space for something else, maybe additional parking.

That, however, may change. Hancock said several people have expressed interest in the buildings but nothing is final yet.

The city will have to check for asbestos and other things before any demolition would take place, including demolition of some of the smaller buildings in the rear of the property.

Anyone interested in the buildings would have to spend a good sum of money to bring it up to city standards.

The future of the property is still up in the air but it is now owned by the city due to the concern for the public’s health and safety.

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