SUBMITTED PHOTO Vinton Town Council voted to purchase five parcels of property at the intersection of South Pollard Street, Cedar Avenue, and 1st Street for a future economic development project.

According to Assistant Town Manager/Economic Development Director Pete Peters, the property is the targeted catalyst of Town Council for an economic redevelopment project which will benefit the town by providing jobs and increasing the town’s tax base. The purchase of the properties is advantageous because of close proximity to anchor businesses, public services, and ancillary services such as restaurants. The properties include the current locations of Country Corner, Super Auto Sales, a vacant lot, and an abandoned house. Tenants have been notified of the action by their landlords.

The town will communicate directly with them after closing. The Wilkinson Group entered into a Commercial Purchase Agreement in April 2018 with Kenneth and Elizabeth Garnett to purchase two of the parcels and with F. Mark Goodwin to purchase the other three.

According to Peters, the Wilkinson Group original ly negotiated the purchase price with the owners and signed two separate…

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