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Properties for sale in Roanoke


NEW THIS MORNING– ABOUT A DOZEN PIECES OF LAND AND BUILDINGS IN ROANOKE ARE CURRENTLY FOR SALE– AS CITY LEADERS WORK TO GET RID OF PROPERTIES THAT ARE NO LONGER BEING USED. W-S-L-S 10’S ERIN BROOKSHIER JOINS US LIVE FROM THE HISTORIC FIRE STATION IN DOWNTOWN. IT’S ONE OF THE PROPERTIES CURRENTLY FOR SALE. ERIN, SALES LIKE THIS ARE SOMETHING WE HAVE SEEN FOR YEARS. WHAT COMES OUT OF SOME OF THESE SALES?# WHEN THE CITY NO LONGER NEEDS OR IS USING A BUILDING OR PIECE OF LAND.. THEY SELL IT OFF– AND IN RECENT YEARS, WE’VE SEEN SOME BIG CHANGES COME OUT OF CITY PROPERTIES THAT HAVE BEEN SOLD OFF. ONE OF THE MOST RECENT UPDATES IS THE OLD Y-M-C-A BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN… WHICH SAT VACANT FOR YEARS BEFORE IT WAS SOLD SEVERAL YEARS AGO AND TRANSFORMED INTO THE LOCKER ROOM LOFTS. NOW– IT’S AN APARTMENT COMPLEX MADE UP OF FIFTY-SIX UNITS.. WITH A BASKETBALL COURT, A POOL A TRACK AND HALLWAYS DECORATED WITH LOCKERS. AND IN 2014 THE FORMER HOME OF THE VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF TRANSPORTATION WAS SOLD OFF AND REOPENED LESS THAN A YEAR LATER AS A RESTAURANT ALONG THE GREENWAY– THE GREEN GOAT. THE BUILDING HAD BEEN IN DISREPAIR AND ABANDONED SINCE THE FLOOD OF 19-85. IT WAS SOLD TO “ANSTEY-HODGE ADVERTISING GROUP” FOR TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS.. WITH A PROMISE TO INVEST TWO-HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS INTO THE SITE. CITY LEADERS ARE HOPING FOR A SIMILAR SUCCESS STORY FOR A PIECE OF FISHBURN PARK THAT’S CURRENTLY FOR SALE. DIRECTOR OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, WAYNE BOWERS, SAYS HE HOPES AN ABANDONED CARETAKERS COTTAGE ON THE PROPERTY CAN BE PUT TO GOOD USE. IT’S MORE OF PUTTING A BUILDING THAT’S NOT BEING USED BACK TO A PRODUCTIVE USE, SOMETHING THAT WILL BENEFIT THE NEIGHBORHOOD, COMPLIMENT THE PARK AND SEE IF THERE’S ANY INTEREST. IT’S AN AREA THAT WOULD SEE A LOT OF TRAFFIC– FROM BOTH FISHBURN PARK AND BRAMBLETON ROAD WHERE THE BUILDING IS LOCATED. MEANWHILE.. THE CLOCK IS TICKING FOR THIS HISTORIC FIRE STATION– AS PROPOSALS ARE DUE A WEEK FROM TODAY, ON FEBRUARY FIRST. SO FAR ONLY ONE HAS BEEN SUBMITTED, BUT THE CITY EXPECTS TO GET IN A FEW MORE BEFORE THE FINAL DEADLINE. IN ROANOKE, EB, WSLS10.

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