New appraisal district location pondered

Quinlan Independent School District Board President Kenny Stone and Hunt County Appraisal District (HCAD) Chief Appraiser Brent South voiced positions and exchanged information Monday night at a meeting of the school board on the appraisal district’s proposal to buy and remodel a larger building.

South first presented the plan to the board at last month’s meeting to purchase a former church building at 3301 Ridgecrest Rd. in Greenville at a cost of $596,000 and remodel it for $750,000 to $850,000 to meet the district’s needs.

The total cost of $1,336,000 to $1,436,000 is expected to be reduced by the sale of the current building by an amount of $350,000 to $400,000.

Board President Stone had several questions for South at Monday night’s meeting regarding the proposal.

“Who owns this building?” Stone asked.

South said an individual now owns the building that was formerly a church. He said the church had originally listed it with a price of $900,000.

He said an offer was made of $400,000, which the real estate agent told him was embarrassing to him to present it, however, the church decided it needed “to get rid of this property” and agreed to the price.

Stone said a church was often hard to sell because of the cost to remodel.

Stone questioned the square footage of the present building.

South answered the original size was 5,000 square feet but was enlarged in the early 2000s to increase it to 7,800 square feet.

Stone noted the proposed new building would add an additional 2,140 square feet for a total of 10,000 square feet.

South agreed.

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