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Town to discuss right of first refusal for Brown House

When the Town of Strasburg signed a contract in 2017 selling the Brown House at 218 E. King St., it agreed to a clause that allows the town the right to make an offer on the property before the owner, Joseph Filerman, negotiates with any other potential buyer.

Now, the Strasburg Town Council is set to vote on whether to act on that clause —  called a “right of first refusal,” —  or to allow Filerman to sell the property to another bidder.

But Town Manager Wyatt Pearson said that the town is not looking to buy the Brown House back less than a year after selling it.

“We’re not looking at it in the context of buying the property back; we’re just reviewing the sale price and the right of first refusal and deciding whether we’re going to release it or not,” Pearson said.

Pearson said that Filerman has received an offer for the Brown House, requiring the town to discuss whether or not to act on the right of first refusal.

The Town Council’s discussion is set to occur in a closed session during their meeting on Tuesday.

The town sold the Brown House to Filerman last year in exchange for $60,000 and the back half of the two lots next to the Brown House, after purchasing the property for $100,000 in 2015.

Those lots allowed the town to build its event space larger than it otherwise would have been able to.