Pilot Mountain agrees to purchase ABC site


First Posted: 4/27/2009

PILOT MOUNTAIN The Town of Pilot Mountain agreed to purchase more than 1.5 acres of land for $140,000 last night, which will be the new site of a new ABC liquor store slated to open in the fall.
After a 30-minute closed session, the Pilot Mountain Board of Commissioners agreed to purchase the two tracts of land (1.138 acres and .437 acres) under the condition that the landowner voluntarily petition for annexation of a recorded 56.33 tract with the town before the two other tracts are purchased.
The property owner is Cleve G. Harris, and the two tracts are located off Veterans Drive.
The estimated cost of the project, including purchasing the land at $140,000 and construction of the building at $300,000, is $440,000, said Blair Knox, the Pilot Mountain Town Manager.
Doug Brannon, the chairman of the ABC store, estimated that the project could be completed by October or early November. He said the ABC board needed the towns approval for the site.
I feel better as we near its creation, he said.
Commissioner Andrew French did express concern that the building might not be complete by the suggested date of the ABC board in the fall, and mentioned opening temporarily or on a smaller scale.
Mayor Earl Sheppard suggested discussing it further in the closed session about economic development.
No further mentioned was made of the suggestion when the board returned from closed session.
Also during Mondays meeting, the commissioners unanimously approved a contract for architect services for the Pilot Center, which will be a workforce development center in the building at 612 E. Main St.
The center is one of a number of projects being funding through a $2 million grant from Golden LEAF to Surry County. The college will spend about $400,000 to operate the satellite campus in Pilot Mountain, with an additional $500,000 being spent on renovations and Surry County helping purchase the building.
A purchase price of $540,040 has been negotiated between the town and the buildings owner, Caro Associates LLC.
The board agreed to recess its meeting to May 6 at 6 p.m., where it will discuss its budget and further details on the ABC project.
The board will also hold a budget retreat on May 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the conference room in town hall.
Contact Erin C. Perkins at [email protected] or 719-1952.

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