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“It could be a strategic parcel in our overall downtown redevelopment plan,” Stock said. The city would demolish the building with a goal of having another type of property, like a retail building, put on the site, he said.
Acquiring the warehouse also would offer an opportunity for the city to partner on a larger redevelopment on that block that would include the adjacent Motor Mart, Stock said. The current owner, Corey Townsend, could not be reached for comment, but Stock said Townsend has expressed an interest in selling the service station.
Last year Townsend claimed the station had been damaged as a result of road changes from the highway project and collected a $600,000 settlement from the city. Stock said a condition of that settlement was that Townsend use funds to improve his other downtown property, a service station near Lynn Avenue.
Stock said he has seen a preliminary plan that would add a convenience store to the station. But he said no formal plan has been submitted to the city.
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