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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • City makes counteroffer for former Maryland Hotel site

  • The city of Hannibal apparently has interest in the now empty lot just east of city hall.
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  • The city of Hannibal apparently has interest in the now empty lot just east of city hall.
    The Courier-Post has learned from a source, who spoke on the condition he not be identified, that City Manager Jeff LaGarce was instructed to make a counteroffer for the property by the City Council during its closed session on Aug. 20. The amount of the city’s counteroffer is not known.
    The opportunity to acquire the lot, where the former Maryland Hotel stood up until earlier this summer, was presented the city by the parcel’s current owner, Bricker Excavating/Demolition, which bought 314-16-18 Broadway last November.
    In a July 24 letter to the city, Ron Bricker, project coordinator for Bricker Excavating/Demolition, suggested city hall might want the lot to develop into a parking lot to eliminate congestion and parking problems at city hall.
    LaGarce acknowledged that while “parking is a premium, so are funds.”
    Bricker’s asking price for the property is $56,000.
    The city is not the only party that has been approached about the site. In late July, Bricker told the Courier-Post he’d contacted “about three people” and made sale proposals to them.
    The city had a chance to acquire the site in 2011, when the building’s previous owners, Jim and Sheryl Love of California, offered to give the site to the city. The City Council declined the offer. At that time, LaGarce estimated that it would cost between $57,000 and $60,000 to tear the building down and another $15,000 to transform the lot into a parking lot.
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