What’s up with the Market House? Appears the ceiling paint at the Market House is peeling and there’s the imminent prospect of the peeling paint chips falling down on market house stands. That was a topic of discussion at last Monday’s council meeting-of-the-whole.
None of the councilors could recall when the Market House was painted; though several agreed the painting was part of the “grant” the borough received to renovate the facility.
Then the discussion turned to which party has responsibility for painting the ceiling: The borough (the landlord) or the Market House Trust (the tenant). Councillor Mary Wickenheiser said the paint issue was an identified “pre-existing condition” known before the Market House was handed off to the Trust.
The councilors also issued the fact that two of the exhaust fans in the Market House were inoperative. Other fans in the Market House are not working; the borough financial officer insisted that the Trust “should have put it (the installation of working cooling fans) in the budget” because “that is a capital expense.”
What’s up with 1020 Blunston Street? “ … a better opportunity has come along,” is the way councillor Jim Smith began the conversation about the property at 1020 Blunston Street.
Here’s a little background on that property. In February, 2013 following a council meeting, Columbia news, views & views reported, “One councillor, a member of the Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC), introduced an action to have the Borough turn over borough-owned property at 1020 Blunston Street to the CEDC so that organization could dispose of the property in a manner “like” the Turkey Hill Experience and the riverfront properties. Ensuing dialogue revealed that several adjacent property owners had indicated interest in buying the property; however, the interested parties did not want the property at the borough’s offered price of more than $100,000. An earlier appraisal of $122,000 was reduced to a figure somewhere around $70,000. Interestingly, the interested adjoining property owners are also members of the CEDC. The councillor indicated this ‘pass through’ would help provide revenue for the CEDC to help pay for the recently hired executive director. Council approved the action by a four to one vote.”
This LEGAL NOTICE, published in the Sunday News, Lancaster, PA on July 1, 2012: “SALE OF REAL ESTATE INVITATION TO BID The Borough of Columbia, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, shall accept sealed bids for the purchase of certain real estate owned by the Borough of Columbia until 11 A.M. on August 3, 2012 , at the Borough Office, 308 Locust Street, Columbia, Pennsylvania 17512 at which time such bids shall be opened and read aloud in a public meeting. The two real properties being offered for sale are: 1) 1020 Blunston Street which is a Light Industrial zoned parcel of approximately 1.1 acres and is identified as Tax Parcel Nos. 110-58624. The minimum acceptable bid is $122,800.00. 2) 215 Lawrence St. which is a residential zoned parcel of approximately .07 acres and is identified as Tax Parcel Nos. 110- 66893. The minimum acceptable bid is $18,000. The successful bidder shall receive fee simple title to the property and shall be liable for the payment of any taxes, including realty transfer taxes, fees or other expenses of transfer and recording. The Borough of Columbia makes no warranties or other representations as to condition of the property. The successful bidder shall take the property under and subject to all restrictions and agreements of record and all existing easements and rights-of-way, and will purchase the property “AS IS”. Arrangements can be made to inspect the property or examine any reports and documents in the Borough’s possession by contacting the Borough Manager’s Office at (717) 684-2467 Ext. 218. All bids shall remain open for a minimum of sixty (60) days from the date they are opened. Payment of the purchase price to the Borough shall be made in full within sixty (60) days after formal award of the bid by Borough Council of the Borough of Columbia. The bid shall be made only by an executed bid form (the “Bid Proposal”) furnished by the Borough, and shall include a deposit in the form of a bank check or money order payable to the Borough of Columbia in the amount of ten percent (10%) of the proposed purchase price. Prospective bidders may obtain the Bid Proposal at the Borough Office, 308 Locust Street, Columbia, Pennsylvania 17512, Monday through Friday, except holidays, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m or from the Borough’s website, www.columbiapa.net under forms. The Borough of Columbia expressly reserves the right to reject any and all bids. Norman B. Meiskey, III, Borough Manager.”
At Monday’s meeting Smith deferred to the borough manager to explain a new opportunity for this property.
Borough Manager Sam Sulkosky indicated that the borough had received an inquiry from a sub-contractor for Verizon Mobile about leasing the property to erect a 160-foot high cell-tower. There was discussion about how much revenue could be developed from a lease of this nature. Monthly rentals of $600 to $1,800 a month were thrown into the conversation. The borough manager suggested that a legal ad should be published to alert any potential bidders to reply to a request for bids.
Also in the discussion was the subject of when and how much would rental rate increases be. The council voted unanimously to publish a request for proposals to entertain a proposal for a lease of 1020 Blunston for the erection of a cell tower.
Read more about cell towers and leases here:
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