Anderson Redevelopment Commission purchases former GM parking lot on Scatterfield Road

Mar. 14—ANDERSON — The Anderson Redevelopment Commission on Tuesday voted to purchase the 10-acre lot north of the former General Motors engineering building from the Browned Eyed Girls limited liability corporation for $275,000.

Greg Winkler, executive director of the Anderson Economic Development Department, said the two appraisals were received at $250,000 and $287,000.

State law requires government entities to purchase property based on the average of two appraisals.

The average was $268,500 but attorney Mike Austin said the agreed purchase price was within the allowable range.

Winkler said the Redevelopment Commission already owns 20 acres to the east of the parking lot and would like to purchase the engineering building.

"There is major development in the area with the Wawa project," he said. "This has great future potential."

Winkler said that, once obtained, the engineering building would be developed to make a 40-acre total site for development.

The site has 58 megawatts of electricity available, he said.

"That will attract some interest with the 10-acre frontage along Scatterfield Road," Winkler said.

He believes the property is free of any contamination.

The Redevelopment Commission also approved an appropriation of $140,000 to construct a gravity-fed sewer line for the proposed Wawa convenience store on the southeast corner of Mounds and Scatterfield roads.

Wawa is providing $75,000 for the project, Winkler said.

"This will allow for future development along Mounds Road," he said.

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