Town hopes old plant will draw new jobs

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Independence has offered to buy the Robert Shaw building to provide a facility to offer potential industries.

By Landmark News Service


INDEPENDENCE — Independence Town Council made a bold move at its Feb. 8 meeting when it voted to submit a written offer for the old Robert Shaw building on U.S. 58.
Council held a public hearing on the potential purchase Feb. 8, but no citizens showed up.
The 85,000-square-foot building is owned by Nautilus. The purchase would also include seven acres of land.
Council also gave Town Manager Kenneth Vaught the authority to execute all documents concerning the purchase.
Vaught said last week that the offer had been made, but he hadn’t heard anything from Nautilus officials.
Chris Morton of Morton Realty in Independence is the real estate agent handling the sale. He said Monday that the building was under contract and the deal could close later this month.
Vaught said representatives of companies had visited Independence in the past looking for a place to expand, but the town had no building to offer.
He feels the purchase of the Robert Shaw building is a step in the right direction to attracting new industry.
“We’ve got to do everything we can to attract jobs,” Vaught said. “If we’ve got a building to offer a prospective industry, it could be real asset for Independence.”