By: Sid Riley
At the Tuesday morning meeting of the Jackson County Commission it was disclosed that a formal offer to purchase the existing Community Planning and Development Building at the corner of Noland Street and Highway 90 E. has been tendered by Real Estate Acquisitions and Development of Port St. Lucie, Florida on behalf of Walgreens for a purchase price of $695,000. The purchaser has requested a closing date on or before December of 2008, and the county must vacate the building by June 1, 2009.
The County Commissioners were generally favorable to the idea of selling the facility, but are attempting to coordinate the timing of relocating the various county functions that are currently housed in the facility with the completion of the planned new County Health Building, so that those functions could relocate into the existing County Health Buildings. This would preclude a double move, and would thus result in less relocation costs.
The Commissioners instructed County Manager, Ted Lakey to prepare a counter offer in which a more usable relocation-vacating date was used.
Sale of this building would result in a wind-fall addition of revenues for the County, which perhaps could eventually be used to cover some of the costs associated with the proposed consolidated County Administration Facility that is needed.