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Independence buys building

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By LARRY CHAMBERS
Staff

INDEPENDENCE — Independence Town Council has purchased the vacant Robert Shaw building on U.S. 58 in Independence from Nautilus for $150,000.
Independence Town Attorney Roger Brooks told council at its April 12 meeting that the deal was closed and recorded in the Clerk of Court’s office on April 8.
Council members discussed the future use of the building, which has 85,000 square feet of space, including an office, and seven acres of property.
Town Manager Kenneth Vaught said he had already been contacted by an interested party who needed about 5,000 square feet for a start-up business.
Mayor Butch Reeves said a plan needed to be developed for the property.
One idea floated around at the meeting was an incubator that could handle several different businesses.
The town also plans to apply for industrial cleanup funds from the state to help in cleaning up the vacant building.
One reason the building was purchased was to give businesses and industries interested in the area a place to open.
The building sale was handled by Chris Morton of Morton Realty in Independence.
In other business, council:
• approved a request from Grayson Inn & Suites to sponsor a drag race car show at the motel on Rainbow Circle on May 20 and a gospel singing on May 28. Other gospel singings will also be held throughout the summer.
• approved a proposal to increase the hourly fee paid for contract labor at the sewage plant from $12 to $14 an hour.