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Nashville Non-Profit To Purchase Van Buren BDS Property

/ The Upper Cumberland's News Leader
Nashville Non-Profit To Purchase Van Buren BDS Property

The Van Buren County Commission once again approved the sale of the BDS property.

Real Estate Agent Melissa Harmon presented the commission with two offers Tuesday night. Commissioners voted to move forward with a $220,000 deal with Nashville-based non-profit Auxilium Auto.

“Offers are very similar,” Harmon said. “But one is $220,000. The other one is $225,000 with the contingency to sell the home. He is ready to go with it, but it would be contingent on the sale of the home.”

Auxilium Auto Founder Jason Hees said he plans to use the 15 acres to headquarter his operation. Harmon the property buyer now has 30 days to close the deal.

“He’s using Citizens Tri-County, and the reason that we have gone with them is because they know this property. Other banks may have a harder time. He already had loan approval on a house, so we are kind of using that loan approval letter at the moment. He has no contingencies and no inspections.”

The home sale contingency was a deciding factor for Commissioner Terry Hickey. Hickey asked, “One guy has to sell his house before he buys it? The other guy doesn’t have to sell his house and he is ready to buy it now?”

After Harmon confirmed, Hickey motioned to sell the property to Hees. This will be the second attempt to sell the property. Priority Waste was to purchase the land for $200,000 last year, but the deal failed.

The only contingency from Hees is that the county moves the debris and trash compactor off of the property. Mayor Greg Wilson said the dump will be moved to further up the road off of Baker Mountain Road.

In other business, the Van Buren County Commission appointed Cale Crain to replace Commissioner Michael Woodlee. Woodlee resigned after moving out of the first district.

Three candidates were considered, but the commission voted 7-0 with one abstain in favor of Crain. Crain said he plans to run in the August election after fulfilling Woodlee’s term.


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