City Council approves development agreement for Morgan Square building
Developer planning to lure restaurant to W Main Street space
City Council approved a development agreement at their meeting on Monday to help clear the way for renovation of a long vacant building on Morgan Square. The property at 137 W Main St., known locally by many as the former Sandwich Factory location, was purchased earlier this year and the property owner, 137 West Main LLC., has performed renovations on the building's upstairs apartment units already and has plans to lure a restaurant to the ground floor space. Under the agreement, the property owner will receive a five year property tax abatement and incentive grant for 15 percent of first floor renovations. Council approved the agreement 6-0. Council member Sterling Anderson was absent from the meeting.
Council also voted 6-0 to approve purchase of five properties on Caulder and Highland avenues for a total cost of $43,000. The Highland Ave. properties are considered blighted, and the Caulder Ave. properties are currently vacant. Community Services Director Mitch Kennedy told Council that the properties by affordable housing nonprofit working in the City.
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