Vacant police department sold

by Sarah Melton

The old Mount Holly police department building has been vacant for about two years.

The sluggish real estate market might be bouncing back.

At least that seems to be the case for the City of Mount Holly, which sold its former police department building at 125 E. Charlotte Ave. for $318,000 on Nov. 12. The town has been trying to sell the building since moving the department to its new headquarters in the Mount Holly Citizen’s Center on Central Avenue about two years ago.

The 5,000-square-foot building was purchased by Gregory and Ann Stanton. Century 21 Murphy & Rudolph, based in Charlotte, handled the sale for the city.

“I continue to communicate to the public that the City of Mount Holly and city council has a responsibility to see that they play their part in the economical process and part of that is to do what’s been done,” City Manager Danny Jackson said. “Our part in the process is making sure that the building is being utilized and that being manifested in the sale of it, have someone in the building that could have an economic impact overall.”

The Stantons own the McDonald’s in Mount Holly and other locations, Jackson said. He said he believes the business owners plan to use the old police department building for office space.

“You will have a taxpayer in there and you will have people in there who may partake in further business here in the city instead of going to buy goods and services elsewhere,” Jackson said.

The city has been paying for utilities and ground maintenance on the building while it sat on the market for the last two years.

“It has a bigger approach to it,” Jackson said of selling the property. “You don’t have to worry about paying to expend funds toward the maintenance of the building.”

Proceeds from the sale will go into the city’s general fund or be appropriated for a special project, depending on a decision by the city council.

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