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Montrose Could Buy Buildings

Oct 9, 2012

Montrose residents are being asked to help the city make a big, financial decision.

The city is interested in purchasing Park Ridge Workshop for $100,000.  The three-building complex was previously used for light industrial work.

Mayor Bobby Reid says Montrose owns the land, but an individual owns the buildings.

He says the city could use about 1/3 of the 30,000 square feet of available space for city offices, a maintenance shop and possibly a community center.

The remaining space could be rented out for commercial or industrial use.

Reid says public input is needed because the city would borrow the money to buy the buildings.

“We are not going to go spending the city’s money without the citizens’ approval,” says Reid, “so we are going to open the buildings up and let the citizens look at them.”

The city held an open house and a public hearing at Park Ridge Workshop Tuesday night.

Another open house and public hearing are scheduled for Thursday night, with the open house starting at 6:00 P.M. while the public hearing will get underway at 7:00 P.M.

Reid says a final decision could come next month, depending on the public input.