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Manchester to sell police department land for $200,000

Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 9:11 am

What was once supposed to be new digs for the Manchester Police Department and home to a city storm shelter will now be sold.

The Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted at its most recent January meeting to enter a contract with Ed Holland and Coffee County Realty to sell the 4.33 acre tract of land on Interstate Drive purchased by the city in 2008 to construct a new police department for $200,000.

The board voted late last year to move forward with sale of the property after construction plans were halted in July of 2011.

“I know we lost money on it but at least it will put that back on the tax roll,” said Manchester Mayor Lonnie Norman. “Maybe they will get something built on it. I don’t know what they have in mind.”

The property was posted for sale by Coffee County Realty and Exit Realty and an agreement was recently reached with Holland. Five percent, or roughly $10,000 will be split by the realty companies Coffee County Realty and Auction Co. and Exit Realty as commission, according to city attorney Gerald Ewell. Closing for the transaction is set for Feb. 14 according to a contract obtained by the Times.

“I turned it over to both realtors in Manchester – Coffee County and Exit,” explained Norman. “It sold pretty quick … surprised me.”

The Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted in March of 2008 to purchase the 4.33 acre tract of land from Billy and Debbie Cheatham for $250,000 from reserve funds with the intention of constructing a new police department…

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