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Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:21

Haywood gets offer for vacant office building

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A nonprofit in Waynesville has made an offer to buy a vacant building from Haywood County.

LIFESPAN, which offers programs and services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, has offered $145,000 for a small building next door to the former county health department.

“It is our recommendation that we accept this offer,” County Manager Marty Stamey advised the county board of commissioners at their meeting Monday.

The commissioners voted unanimously to do so. Other interested parties will have 10 days to outbid LIFESPAN, but they would be required to bid at least $152,300 on the property.

It’s one of four buildings on the Old Asheville Highway the county has recently moved out of and is now trying to sell. It was the smallest of the four and the least expensive.

The others include the old Department of Social Services, the old health department, and the old planning department and election office. The various departments were moved into a single building, the old Walmart on Paragon Parkway, earlier this year as a cost saving measure.

LIFESPAN is headquartered in Charlotte but has operations around the state, including Waynesville and Sylva.

It will relocate its Waynesville office from North Main Street to the Old Asheville Highway location.

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