By DEUCE NIVEN
Can a former doctor’s office be a healthy center of local government for Tabor City?
Members of the town council think it might be, on Tuesday approving a 180-day option to purchase the former Tabor City Family Medicine offices on Pireway Road for $585,000.
Council’s vote was unanimous following a half-hour closed session to discuss property acquisition. In the long term council hopes to relocate Town Hall and the Tabor City Police Department to the property through a combination of remodeling and new construction, Town Manager Al Leonard said.
Known by many as the former offices of Dr. Stephen Grubb and the late Dr. William Stout, the property is currently owned by Gold Leaf Investments, LLC, a limited liability company formed in 2012, based in Tabor City, online records of the North Carolina Secretary of State show. Jonathan Cox is listed as President, Jonathan Kyle Cox as the registered agent.
Leonard said council agreed to pay $10 to hold the property for 180 days. During that time, council hopes to receive a “legislative earmark” from the general assembly to cover the cost of the purchase, Leonard said.
That will pay for the property. Council, Leonard said, “would have to work with state government throughout 2024 and 2025 to secure state funding for renovations and additions. It would certainly be 2026 before there would be any relocation out there.”
Town Hall and the police department re-located to the current facility on East 5th Street in 2007, accepting a donation of the building from Atlantic Packaging, parent company of this newspaper.
Under the terms of that gift, Leonard said, the property will revert to Atlantic if and when town government ceases using it.
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