City seeking buyers for vacant former utility garage

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff


THE FORMER PLYMOUTH UTILITIES garage on Reed Street (above) is drawing interest from several potential buyers, City Administrator Brian Yerges told both the Redevelopment Authority and the Plan Commission Thursday. — Review file photo THE FORMER PLYMOUTH UTILITIES garage on Reed Street (above) is drawing interest from several potential buyers, City Administrator Brian Yerges told both the Redevelopment Authority and the Plan Commission Thursday. — Review file photo PLYMOUTH – The city may soon be able to get the former Plymouth Utilities garage on Reed Street off its hands.

The Plan Commission Thursday gave its approval to selling the nowvacant building at 200 Reed St.

Earlier in the day, City Administrator Brian Yerges told the Redevelopment Authority that the city is accepting proposals from parties interested in purchasing the property.

“I’ve been surprised. I’ve walked probably five people through that building since November,” Yerges told the RDA. “We do have someone who is seriously considering expanding their business out of that building. It wouldn’t be a junkyard, it would be a professional business.”

Yerges said the city is advertising for proposals for the building, which was vacated after Plymouth Utilities moved into their new operations center at County PP and South Street last year.

Yerges assured the Plan Commission that any sale would include provisions that the property not be used for outside storage or other uses that might be objectionable.

“The easiest way to address that is through a developer’s agreement and restrictive covenants,” that would cover any potential buyer and future owners of the property, Yerges told the commission.

The property would be sold on an as-is basis, Yerges added. “If the potential is to return the building to the tax roll with a potential business operating out of it, it makes sense for the city,” Yerges said.

Lee Gentine, chairman of the RDA, agreed. “I think that’s encouraging,” he said of the news of potential buyers for the building. “It puts it on the tax roll and any improvements would increase the property value and tax revenues.”

Gentine and others on the RDA urged that their group be involved in any decision on a potential sale of the building, which Yerges said could probably be done.

At the Plan Commission, commission member James Flanagan suggested that any potential sale of the building should include a right-ofway easement for possible intersection improvements at Depot and Reed streets.

“That’s a crazy intersection coming off Egan (Street) to get onto Depot,” Flanagan commented. He suggested that the city might want to retain the right to expand the Depot/Reed street intersection in the interest of improved safety.

“That’s not a bad idea. Depot Street is not that much of a road,” Public Works Director William Immich noted. He added that he wasn’t aware of any accident history at the intersection, but agreed that it is not an ideal intersection.


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