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Old WHS Destruction Could Begin Today PDF Print
Written by Gary Childers/Steve Frank   
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 06:08

We may see the first work today on the destruction of the old Watauga High property. County Manager Deron Geouque told the gathering at last night’s Watauga Commission meeting that the work could get underway today. There was some controversy over the destruction of the school, with some wanting to save at least portions of the property, while commissioners want to sell the property for use by entities that would put it back on the tax roll.  And on property issues, the Watauga County Commissioners declared two properties formerly used by New River Mental Health as surplus and put them up for sale during Tuesday evening’s meeting. One of the properties is a brick home located at the intersection of Oak and Pine Streets in Boone. The other property is an office building located at the intersection of State Farm Road and Shadowline Drive. New River Service Authority had used the properties to secure loans in 2011 which they were unable to pay resulting in foreclosure on them. During the subsequent public sale the County was the highest bidder acquiring both properties for $454,000. The listed tax value of the properties was $955,400. Count Manager, Deron Geouque, asked the Commissioners what they wished to do with them. Chairman Nathan Miller, inquired about the need for these properties by any agencies, finding none, asked for and got motions to surplus and sell the properties.  All three Commissioners present said that they had already had interested parties approach them about purchasing the properties, and so felt the sale could be handled without advertising on the site. After further discussion, the Commissioners agreed to advertise the properties for sale on the County’s website using Commissioner Blust’s suggested asking prices of $625,000 for the property on Shadowline Drive and $425,000 for the property on Oak Street. They further agree to list the properties on if they hadn’t sold within three months.


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