The City of Cedar Springs approved a resolution last Thursday evening to sell the property and building at 95 N. Main (corner of Main and Maple), formerly Cedar Springs Auto Supply, to Walker Liquors II, LLC (Liquor Hut) for $19,916.01. They plan to tear down the building to make room for more parking.
The city bought the property in 2009 when it went up for auction for unpaid taxes, and has been trying to sell it for redevelopment. Several people have looked at the building, but there have been no takers. “Right now, financing for commercial structures is very difficult,” commented City Manager Christine Burns.
The store plans to use only two of the three lots for parking. The third will remain as green space. In the event that Walker Liquors decides to build on the property, a deed restriction states they must leave some of it open for public parking.
The sale price is what the city has invested in the building. Burns said there was no incentive to sell it for more, because any excess would have to be returned to Kent County.