Maryville seeks proposals for Doctor’s Building property on East Church Avenue
By Iva Butler | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Maryville is seeking proposals to develop the Doctor’s Building property on East Church Avenue, a 1½-acre tract that backs up to the Greenbelt Park beside the CBBC parking lot.
“Over the course of the last six months or so we have been approached by several people interested in purchasing or doing something to develop the property,” Maryville City Manager Greg McClain told Maryville City Council.
“We want to get an idea of what people would use the property for. We would sell the property for the highest and best use of the property.”
“Anything that would generate property and sales taxes would be great, including anything that would broaden the diversity of downtown, like a hotel,” he said.
When the city parking garage beside what was then Tomato Head restaurant was built 8 to 10 years ago, it took away some surface parking and the city was concerned it would leave downtown shy of sufficient property.
The Doctor’s Building was for sale at the time and council purchased the tract. It turned out that more surface parking wasn’t needed and the building, which had several structural problems, has stood empty until now.
It is anticipated that the building will have to be demolished and replaced with a new structure.
Anyone interested in making a proposal or for more information should contact McClain.
Hopes are to get the requests for proposal out for three weeks and get them back around the first of October. The proposals would then be evaluated by staff and a recommendation made to council.