Planning ahead, county leaders approved a resolution on June 15 to purchase the Doctor’s Plaza building located at 514 South Brown Street in Springfield. The vote was 21-0 with one abstention.
The traditional rules for passing resolutions were waived by the commissioners in order to place this purchase on the 20-21 budget. The resolution required two readings and votes to pass which was done in the June meeting.
The building will be purchased for $460,000 from the property owner, Tennessee Limited Liability Company, CM, LLC.
In an agreement between the owner and county, the building will be leased to the current owner as needed until December 31, 2021 for a monthly fee of $4,000. The tenant will be responsible for property taxes as well as the building and property maintenance.
“The reason we’re buying (the building) hasn’t been determined, but there’s several option we’re looking at. When we have to have another courtroom, we might have to move a department head over there to make part of the third floor into another courtroom,” Robertson County Mayor Billy Vogle said. “Whatever we do, we’re going to have to have more parking.”
There has been an ongoing issue with parking for the Robertson County Juvenile Court and other officers at that location. With this purchase, addition parking can be made available as well as allow the county to plan in advance for future court and office space.