2007-06-09 / Top News

Sale of Rowe Condo Unit 2 Approved by City Council

By Eric Fish

After a tedious wait-and-see process between the City of Mackinac Island and potential buyers, City Council approved the sale of Rowe Condominium Unit 2 for $275,000 at its meeting Wednesday, June 6. The approval was recommended by the Finance Committee at a Tuesday, June 5, meeting.

The two units of Rowe condominiums, which are behind Harbor View Inn near Ste. Anne's Church, were originally up for bid about a year ago in a package deal with a minimum bid of $800,000. After no bids were received, the Unit 2 was listed with Mackinac Island Realty for $329,000, while Unit 1 is listed for $359,000.

Nearly three weeks ago, a potential buyer put an offer on Unit 2 for $255,000. At a May 23 meeting, Council voted to counter with an asking price of $292,000, but accepted the sale for $275,000 Monday night. In addition, the City will pay a 5% brokerage fee to the real estate agency.

The city won't release the name of the potential buyer until the purchase is made. An occupancy date of September 1 has been negotiated.

"It's been a long wait for some serious offer, the guy has halved our counter, we have our occupancy," said Alderman Mike Hart, who argued for the sale to get rid of mounting expenses at the June 5 Finance Committee meeting. "I think we're serving the public well enough on that. Holding onto it is just a continuous expense."

Revenue from the condominium sale will help renovate the old medical center building for police housing. Police now occupy the two condominiums.

To preserve Mackinac Island's historical landmark status, Mayor Margaret Doud announced a Historical Preservation Committee comprised of representatives from City Council, the Mackinac Island State Park, and the Mackinac Island Community Foundation.

"This would be an exploratory committee to see what we can do along those lines," Mayor Doud said.

City representatives will be Aldermen Mike Hart and Dan Wightman, the State Park representative will be Director Phil Porter, and Foundation representatives will be Mike Young, Wes Maurer, and Chris Straus. The committee will work with Mayor Doud and Foundation Executive Director Jennifer Bloswick.

"Maybe if we work together, we can do some positive things," Mayor Doud said.

Council adopted an amendment to its 2007-08 Wage and Salary Ordinance, which includes the newly created position of Stuart House Museum Attendant, at $7.50 per hour, and corrects the restroom attendant wage to a new range, from $8.52 to $10.80 per hour.

Council also approved the application for a Bank of America credit card for City use. Mayor Doud and Mr. Hart will be the authorized users, and City Clerk Karen Lennard was authorized to pay the statement each month.

The American Red Cross was granted permission to host its third annual blood drive August 15 at Community Hall.

In a related matter, the Red Cross was also granted a temporary motor vehicle permit to park behind the Stuart House during the blood drive.

Two other temporary motor vehicle permits were granted, both to Mission Point Resort to fill propane tanks on June 12 and June 19.

Lee May was granted permission by Council for use of Community Hall Wednesday and Thursday nights to teach a ballroom dancing class.

Boy Scout Troop 623 of Stevensville was granted a temporary trailer permit to transport supplies to the Scout Barracks the week of July 14.

MVC Enterprises, Jim Nelson Photography, Maxwell Paving Stone, and Rainbow Seamless Gutters were approved as off-Island businesses for the 2007 season in addition to the approval of five new Island businesses. Millies on Main, Cherry, One Hundred Ninety Steps, Mission Point Resort Welcome Center, and Back in Balance were recognized as the new Island businesses.

Several other businesses were granted business renewals for the 2007 season. Island Shop, Gough Taxi & Livery, Jaunting Cart, Mighty Mac Hamburgers, Nephews of Mackinac, Joanne's Fudge 1 & 2, Magic Fashion, Foxy, and the Activity Center, Lakeside Marketplace, and Euro Garden at Mission Point Resort were all approved.

In other Council activity, Marshall Builders was granted permission to work on the Murray Hotel following the Lilac Festival.

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