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County makes a ‘good deal’ in sale

Pulaski County made what was deemed “a pretty good deal” Monday night when it sold a half-acre tract of land to a Pulaski County developer.
County resident E.W. Harless was the only citizen to speak during a public hearing on the proposed sale of property along the New River in Fairlawn to developer Bob Strenz.
Harless said he would like to know how much money the county will receive from the sale before a vote is taken because he doesn’t want it to be “another Hogan’s Dam.”
He was referring to the Town of Pulaski’s controversial sale of its Hogan’s Dam property to an area developer in 2007. Many town and county citizens complained that the town “gave away” the property when it sold it to the developer for $400,000.
“I don’t want the county to give this away,” Harless said.
County Administrator Peter Huber indicated Strenz offered the county $27,000 for the parcel that was gifted to the county by the railroad and provided access to the train trestle crossing the New River.
“What is it appraised at?,” asked Harless.
“$500,” Huber responded. “We feel like it’s a pretty good deal.”
Strenz, who owns a considerable amount of real estate along Rt. 99 in Pulaski, purchased two separate tracks flanking the half-acre parcel last May and was hoping to bring the two together by making the purchase.
The property in question is between Hazel Hollow Road and the New River. It was part of the former St. Alban’s Hospital tract that was gifted to Radford University in 2001.
Strenz, was the winning bidder for the New River property, which now consists of a little over 13 acres. He said he has not yet reached a decision on what to do with the waterfront property.
Huber suggested Strenz is considering placing houses on the full tract.

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County makes a ‘good deal’ in sale

Pulaski County made what was deemed “a pretty good deal” Monday night when it sold a half-acre tract of land to a Pulaski County developer.
County resident E.W. Harless was the only citizen to speak during a public hearing on the proposed sale of property along the New River in Fairlawn to developer Bob Strenz.
Harless said he would like to know how much money the county will receive from the sale before a vote is taken because he doesn’t want it to be “another Hogan’s Dam.”
He was referring to the Town of Pulaski’s controversial sale of its Hogan’s Dam property to an area developer in 2007. Many town and county citizens complained that the town “gave away” the property when it sold it to the developer for $400,000.
“I don’t want the county to give this away,” Harless said.
County Administrator Peter Huber indicated Strenz offered the county $27,000 for the parcel that was gifted to the county by the railroad and provided access to the train trestle crossing the New River.
“What is it appraised at?,” asked Harless.
“$500,” Huber responded. “We feel like it’s a pretty good deal.”
Strenz, who owns a considerable amount of real estate along Rt. 99 in Pulaski, purchased two separate tracks flanking the half-acre parcel last May and was hoping to bring the two together by making the purchase.
The property in question is between Hazel Hollow Road and the New River. It was part of the former St. Alban’s Hospital tract that was gifted to Radford University in 2001.
Strenz, was the winning bidder for the New River property, which now consists of a little over 13 acres. He said he has not yet reached a decision on what to do with the waterfront property.
Huber suggested Strenz is considering placing houses on the full tract.

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