LIBERTY TWP. – The former Liberty Township administration building may get a new use later this year.
Township officials have accepted an offer of $485,000 for the single-story building and its 3.6-acre site.
The offer from Keith Adams came a week before trustees approved a zone change from neighborhood business to business planned unit development, limiting uses on the site.
It is the second offer the township received for the metal and brick structure that was a feed store before the township bought it. Last December CLGS Investments LLC offered $515,000, but the deal fell through. It had been contingent on the zoning being changed to general business.
However, neighbors opposed that zoning citing drainage issues, poor sightlines, environmental concerns and a desire to preserve the rural nature of the neighborhood,
Trustees pulled the rezoning application and instead began the process to rezoned it to a PUD and outlined 29 specific uses for the property – including some of the 53 uses allowed in the general business classification.
Although the contract does not specify what the property will be used for, township officials believe a heating and air conditioning company would occupy the site.
“We think this is a very good use for the area,’’ said Trustee Tom Farrell, president of the board of trustees. “I wasn’t disappointed (with the offer).”
At the public hearing for the PUD, nearby resident Robin Reese said she was pleased with the rezoning, saying it addressed the neighbors’ concerns.
“One of our biggest fears was that a Dollar General would (come) across the street,’’ Reese said. “We’re good with this.”
Under terms of the purchase offer the buyer has until June 19 to finish any inspections and if satisfied, the closing on the property must be scheduled for no later than July 19.