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City looking to purchase York Street property

Posted: November 13, 2017 5:04 p.m.
Updated: November 14, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Camden City Council will consider first reading of an ordinance tonight that would authorize City Manager Mel Pearson to move forward with the purchase of 718 York St. by the city.

The property is situated at the northeast corner of the intersection of York and Campbell streets, directly across Campbell from the old Camden High School tennis courts. Those courts are in the process of being transformed into pickleball courts as part of the Camden Tennis Complex project.

This summer, council authorized the purchase of a property on Fair Street, to be combined with an adjacent property held by the Santee-Lynches Development Corporation as part of the city’s Neighborhood Initiative Program. The program assisted the city in demolishing dilapidated residential structures with the ultimate goal of rehabilitating the properties.

In late July, Pearson said the city hoped to swap the combined lots on Fair Street with the owner of the York Street property. The idea, he said at the time, was to allow the owner to develop the Fair Street lot with new residential construction while giving the city the chance to create a new parking lot or greenspace across from the tennis complex.

Also tonight, council will:

• hear a report from City Planner Shawn Putnam on the city’s Recreational Trail Program;

• consider proclaiming Nov. 25 as Small Business Saturday; and

• consider proclaiming November as National Hospice Palliative Care Month.

The meeting will start at 6 p.m. on the second floor of Camden City Hall, 1000 Lyttleton St., and is open to the public. There will be no afternoon work session.

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