Clearly most of you did not read the full report we put up the other day referencing Lot 1 and Lot 11 and even I have to admit, I didn't either.
I want to go back to a few years ago when I ran for Mayor. Before I announced I went to Jim Ireton at the Salisbury Festival and held a one on one conversation. I asked Jim, are you going to run for Mayor again. He replied, I'm not sure yet. If I sell the parking lots Downtown before the election I will not run again. If I don't sell the lots I'll probably run again.
Well, what does that statement mean to YOU?
TONIGHT, the Salisbury City Council has Parking Lot 1 and 11 up for approval. Now you listen very carefully Ladies & Gentlemen, here's what you didn't know...
There was only ONE bid on these two parking lots. Lot 1 appraised for, $980,000.00, JUST LOT 1. Lot 11 sits next to the Cannon building. Gillis and Gilkerson will purchase, (unless you stop this TONIGHT) for $225,000.00 for both lots!
Now I'm all for progress and revitalizing Downtown but I wouldn't be honest if I didn't share all this information with you and remind you that this group also purchased the Feldman's Building for $5,000.00, NO, that is not a mistake, number wise. They also purchased the Old Station 15 for less than $70,000.00.
I'm extremely confident that if ANYONE had any idea the City would actually consider selling those lots for that kind of money, many interested buyers would have stepped up to the plate and purchased it.
LOOK, in permits alone for just parking, you could easily manage a $225,000.00 mortgage and pay it off very quickly.
I can guarantee you the County would step up to the plate and buy it as well. I know there will be some of you out there saying, well, they should have put in an offer. NO! An offer so low is not only a smack in the face of each and every City and County taxpayer, IT SHOULD NOT EVEN BE CONSIDERED! Heck, I offered $250,000.00 cash for just the old Fire Station but they refused to sell it to me.
You people need to rise up and fight this TONIGHT. I'm talking about City and County residents and taxpayers and that goes for all the business owners as well. It's time your voices be heard. It's time to Mayor and Council know, you've had just about enough of this crap.
I'll remind all of you, you are not hearing about this anywhere else. Your local Media continues to fail you. You need to call your neighbors and friends and tell them about this article and tonight's meeting. Let's see how much this community really cares.
In closing, just what is $225,000.00 going to do for City taxpayers? Heck, that wouldn't cover repaving 20 car lengths of roads in the City and we ALL know how bad the roads are. It was your election to lose.