Town to buy property for future parking needs
CENTREVILLE — The Town Council of Centreville introduced an ordinance at its Thursday, Aug. 4, meeting that if approved would allow the town manager to “consummate” the purchase of a Centreville building to be used for future parking associated with the new Circuit Courthouse in town.
On June 21, the town entered into an agreement of sale with Magnolia Trust, owners of 105 N. Liberty St., to purchase the property for $880,000 to eventually be used for further parking for patrons of the Circuit Courthouse being built in town at 200 N. Commerce St. The building is currently occupied by Joseph W. McCartin Insurance, Inc., RJ Koenke Art and Appraisals and Ashley Land Company Real Estate. Council Vice President George “Smokey” Sigler said the businesses would remain operational until the courthouse is completed.
Steve Walls, Centreville town manager, said depending on the amount of parking necessary, none of the building may be demolished to make room for further parking spaces. “[If] they want to stay there and the terms are agreeable, we’ll work with them until such time that maybe part of the building or all the building would come down,” Walls said.
Currently, the lot has paved but unmarked spaces. Walls said the town has the capability to expand the parking without disturbing the building because open land is available to expand into. If more parking is required, some or all of the building may be converted to parking.
“The initial intent is use some of the parking that is already there as well as maybe putting more spaces in without affecting the building. [That] would be our first option,” he said.
On Sept. 16, 2015, when the Centreville Planning Commission granted site plan approval for the Circuit Courthouse it stipulated the town and Queen Anne’s County must enter into a Public Works Agreement to address parking for the project. The town and county entered into an agreement which stated in Section 5 the terms for parking arrangements.
The county agreed to pay the town an annual payment of $48,600 for a term of 20 years with a 2.4 percent compounded interest fee associated. The agreement states that the county can pay the remaining 20-year sum at one time. Gregg Todd, county administrator, said the county isn’t intending to make the total payment at one time but “wanted to make sure that this commission and future commissions had the option that [if] they had some fund balance at the end of a year they could go ahead and take the option to pay that out instead of paying it yearly.”
If the county paid the 20year sum in full and later down the road more parking is requested, the county is not responsible for paying the town for the additional spaces. Based on the amount of money from the annual payments, the town will receive more than $880,000, the agreed property purchase price.
The courthouse site design shows six parking spaces as well as public parking in the Central Business District that can be used. The county reached out to the State and received permission to use the second story of the District Court parking lot adjacent to the District Courthouse for additional parking. Parking is also available at the Department of Health, next to where the Circuit Courthouse will be built, as 115 spaces are currently marked. The county agreed to allow for open spaces in that lot to be used for courthouse patrons.
In the public works agreement it states the county is responsible for the installation of eight directional signs to public parking in town as well as provide jurors a map showing all the available parking spaces.
To view the ordinance in its entirety, visit the town’s website: www.townofcentreville.org.
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The Town of Centreville introduced Ordinance 09-2016 during its Thursday, Aug. 4, meeting that if approved would allow the town manager to finalize a property sales agreement that would make the town the owners of 105 N. Liberty St.