WELLSVILLE - Village council approved individual motions to purchase six properties on Main Street during a regular council meeting on Tuesday evening.
Haugh says the village originally had only sought the former Sky Bank building at 1210 Main St., which sits between the village hall and a Family Dollar store. During negotiations with the owner, who has been identified on the Columbiana County Auditor' Web site as William D. Hall of Hudson, it was discovered that he owned numerous other buildings around the village, several of them vacant. "That's how it all came to be at the same time," Haugh said.
Though the sale price of the bank building - which has already been arranged with Hall - was not disclosed, Haugh says the taxpayers of the village will be very pleased with the deal that has been negotiated.
Provided there are no existing liens against the properties, the village will purchase the bank building along with five properties in the 400 block of Main Street. One of them, 428 Main St., does have liens against it, which council has authorized village solicitor Andy Beech to petition the courts to have lifted, clearing the way for its sale.
The other properties are listed as 444 Main St., a parking lot; 454 Main St., the present site of the Mills Insurance Agency; 460 Main St., which houses the Holly Development Co.; and 464 Main St., another former bank which has been empty since Air Waves of Ohio moved to Riverside Avenue in 2012.
Haugh says attracting potential businesses was the initial idea behind seeking the old Sky Bank, but stated that combining it with the adjacent village hall property could bode well for future developments. "It makes this property worth a whole lot more," she said of village hall.
Haugh also viewed the move in the light of continued expansion of the shale gas industry around Wellsville. "With everything coming into town and space being needed, we need a new village hall. Who knows?," she said. "Somebody might pay enough for this that will build us a new village hall." She says accomplishing that has been a dream of hers since being elected mayor two years ago.