North Wilkesboro Town Manager Wilson Hooper recommended immediately putting 12 town-owned properties up for sale during a town board work session Thursday night.

They are town-owned properties that aren’t already being marketed for sale, such as a commercial building at 910 Main Street and three vacant parcels in the town-owned Wilkes Industrial Park off River Road-Liberty Grove Road.

The 12 parcels are a residual lot off Kensington Drive (parcel ID 1401896), residual lot near Hilltop Park off Kensington Drive (1402501), residential lot off F Street (1402692), residual lot off Trogdon Street (1403472); lot near Woodlawn Center off Boston Avenue (1403482), residual lot off Swaim Street (1403497), Black Cat Station parking lot on Hinshaw Street (14035580); residual/residential lot off Boston Avenue (1403631), residual/residential lot off Mass Avenue (1403632), residential lot off Odell Street (1404385), behind Black Cat Station off Elizabeth Street (1404901) and, residential lot/water easement off Damascus Church Road (2200830).

Commissioner Debbie Ferguson asked Hooper to take one parcel off the “sell now” list because of its location: a parking lot (parcel ID 1503480) on C Street behind the Wilkes Towers subsidized housing complex. Wilkes Towers had the parking lot leased but let it expire last year.

Hooper recommended advertising the sale of the parcels and taking offers first from adjacent property owners. If those offers are not accepted, they would be sold through the upset bid process, much like last year’s sale of 912 Main Street.

A real estate disposition policy approved by the commissioners at their July 7 meeting established a process by which town-owned real properties may be deemed surplus and sold.

The policy called for Hooper to conduct an inventory of all town-owned properties and assess each one according to criteria in the policy. Properties included aren’t currently used nor are they expected to be used by the town in a 10-year capital plan.

The commissioners are expected at their next meeting on Oct. 6 to officially declare these properties as surplus and open for sale.

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