Although the sale price was not disclosed, the county’s asking price is $2.5 million. Due to the criticism of the sale and the desire of many to maintain the Agricultural Center Arena, the commissioners have agreed to consider these offers to purchase until Monday, December 20 at 5 p.m.
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“If anybody wants to come forward by then with a proposal that would keep it as is, then we’ll consider that,” Culver said.
Commissioners said the county spends about $200,000 a year just to maintain the agricultural center property, which spans a total of 40 acres and includes several buildings other than the curved-shaped arena. The sale, they said, means something more valuable to the community could be developed in its place – a nationwide commercial development to the front with mixed-use and residential developments to the rear of the property has been noted.
Stewards faced backlash when news of the possible sale emerged last week. Many people were surprised that the agricultural center was even for sale.
Residents who spoke out against the sale at Monday’s meeting pointed to the county’s lack of transparency regarding the sale. Several have asked the commissioners to postpone the sale.
The commissioners, however, said the idea of selling the agricultural center was discussed at public budget meetings held in 2020, and that local estate agents had been bringing potential buyers to the property for more than a year. Yet there has been no ‘For Sale’ sign on the property and the property has not been listed with a real estate company.