Council to sell old Triplett school building

The Mount Jackson Town Council voted Tuesday to enter negotiations to sell the old Triplett school building to two local businessmen.

Following the public property committee’s meeting to debate the future of the town’s involvement with the dilapidated school building, committee chair Whitney Miller recommended that council sell it to local businessmen Todd Holtzman and Dexter Mumaw.

“We discussed the feedback from the town, the pros, the cons, the costs to the town,” she said. “Factoring that all in, the committee is going to recommend to the council that we do start negotiations to sell the property to Todd and Dexter.”

In a unanimous 4-0 vote, Councilors Ken Hackenbracht, Whitney Miller, and Rod Shepherd, along with Mayor J.G. “Bucky” Miller, all voted in favor of the sale.

Councilmen Dennis Andrick, Donald Pifer and Roger Rudy abstained due to previous business connections with the bidders.

In their offer as it stands, Holtzman and Mumaw offered an initial lump sum payment of $550,000 to the town, which is comprised of $250,000 to pay for the property and $300,000 in advance for tap fees. They will also pay the town another $120,000 down the line for more tap fees.

At the public properties committee, members agreed they would like to see a higher offer for the property. However, in an interview with The Northern Virginia Daily, Holtzman said he will not offer any more money for the building.

According to a county assessment accessed via the Geographic Information Systems website, http://shenandoahgis.org/#/,  the property is valued at $1.6 million.

As per Holtzman and Mumaw’s offer, the two would turn the school building into a community theater complete with a restaurant and yogurt shop. They would also build 14 duplex apartments in the field behind the school.

Negotiations on the property will continue. The council’s next meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13.

Following the vote, Mayor Miller shared sparse words for the process still to come.

“The motion passes, negotiations begin,” he said.

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or jzuckerman@nvdaily.com

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