Town Buys Lot For $110,000

Published 5:11 pm Tuesday, March 27, 2012

FARMVILLE – Town Council voted 4-2 last week to purchase a piece of property on Longwood Avenue for $110,000.

The Town will pay $55,000 now and $55,000 after the first of the year for the property, which includes a one-story wood-frame house, at 820 Longwood Avenue, owned by Mark French.

The lot is located between Town-owned property, specifically, between two employee parking lots for the Town Shop.

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David E. Whitus, Donald L. Hunter, vice-mayor Armstead D. Reid, and Dr. Edward I. Gordon voted to approve the purchase, with Sally Thompson and Tommy Pairet voting against the deal.

The action came during Town Council's continued March meeting, held in conjunction with last Wednesday's joint meeting with the Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors. The Town's action has nothing to do with the County.

Town Manager Gerald Spates told The Herald that the Town has been wanting to acquire the property because of its position between the two parking lots for the Town Shop.

Of the residence, Spates said “we don't have a use for the house now,” though there had been some thought to use it as an office for the Town's recreation department.

The house, Spates said, could be moved, with the Town retaining possession of the dwelling, or moved and sold to a buyer.