Hopewell’s old jail prop­erty sold

The Progress-Index Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - By Bill Atkin­son As­sis­tant Editor Bill Atkin­son may be reached at 804-722-5167 or batkin­[email protected]­dex.com. Fol­low him on Twit­ter at @BAtkin­sonpi.

HOPEWELL — The city fi­nally found a buyer for the old jail prop­erty on Poythress Street, prompt­ing some on City Coun­cil to re­mark that the land pur­chase and sub­se­quent in­vest­ment to de­velop it will off­set the cost of a con­tro­ver­sial din­ner event Hopewell hosted last month to say thanks to its vol­un­teers.

Poythress De­vel­op­ment LLC is buy­ing the 4,000square foot va­cant build­ing from the city for $9,000. It also plans to spend $100,000 to de­velop the prop­erty into an of­fice build­ing.

City Man­ager John M. Alt­man Jr. told coun­cil that the build­ing had been va­cant for 20 years but not be­cause of lack of ef­fort or in­ter­est in it.

“We were never able to get a project to move for­ward on it,” Alt­man said of the struc­ture, lo­cated at 402 E. Poythress St.

The to­tal amount of the sale — $9,000 — was not lost on Coun­cilor Brenda S. Pelham, who cracked that the sale will help pay for Oc­to­ber’s Boards and Com­mis­sions Din­ner at The Boathouse. That din­ner rang up at a to­tal of $10,473, about $7,000 more than the last time the city held an ap­pre­ci­a­tion din­ner for its vol­un­teers. Coun­cil never al­lo­cated money for the din­ner in the city bud­get, but the de­ci­sion was made to use left­over funds from the city clerk’s bud­get to cover the tab. That set off a firestorm of con­tro­versy among ci­ti­zens and even some coun­cil mem­bers.

When Pelham made her com­ment, Mayor Jackie M. Shor­nak— one of the crit­ics of the amount spent on the event — started to raise a point-of-or­der over Pelham’s com­ment. That prompted Pelham to smile and tell Shor­nak, “No, I will raise my own point-of-or­der over that.”

Later, Vice Mayor Jasmine E. Gore also made a com­ment that the sale would off­set the cost of the din­ner. But she also praised Poythress De­vel­op­ment for be­ing able “to step up in­stantly and do it.”

The sale was ap­proved on a unan­i­mous vote.

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