A small purchase of an access road at a tax sale has caused big headaches for businesses and their customers for more than a year.
The access road that runs through the Georgetown North Shopping Center is riddled with potholes. The shopping center is located between State and Maplecrest roads. Local businesses tell us customers constantly complain about the road hazards.
"they're afraid for their cars and to come to our businesses", said Jen Koester with Carmen and Co.
Another business told us many drivers have damaged their cars and complained about the costs. Fixing the road is not as simple as it seems because the businesses don't own the road, it was purchased by local businessman Anthony Perry in a 2010 tax sale for just $370.
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However, drivers will be happy to learn that as of last Thursday, the long standoff finally ended. Five businesses formed a new Georgetown North Association and purchased the property from Perry.
"maybe the best thing is we don't have to keep telling the story to customers about the bad road condition, it's our road now and we can fix it and make it the way it should be", said Gregg Conser, owner of Conser Music.
Along with Conser Music, Salin Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Subway and Dollar General joined together to form the new association.
That association wasted no time getting estimates and the road will be fixed as soon as possible. That's great news for these businesses who can now put this bizarre and frustrating chapter behind them.
"it was long and frustrating, maybe we can talk to the city about taking it over or looking for any possible grant money, if that's available", said Conser.
As for Perry, we couldn't reach him for comment and he chose not to return a text seeking comment on the sale. The selling price was reportedly several thousand dollars, a nice profit from his small investment, but a far cry from the $59,000 it was once listed for.
As for the city, they've told us they see this as a private matter, hopefully it's one that won't play out again in any public shopping center, because the terrible road conditions cost drivers thousands of dollars in damages.
After Hall's left Georgetown North years ago, the association dissolved, which allowed the access road to go to a tax sale.
We received calls about the road over a year ago when Perry had the road briefly barricaded, but police quickly said it must remain open.
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