City plans to buy the old Batte building are still uncertain
The Town of Jackson’s plan to acquire the former Batte Furniture and Interiors building remains to be seen.
Ward 1 City Council member Ashby Foote, who believes the city should sell some of the buildings it has no use for before buying another, said he had heard nothing else at about the purchase. Ward 7’s Virgi Lindsay could not provide any news on the purchase.
Jackson’s mayor, Chokwe Antar Lumumba, announced on June 22 that the city plans to purchase the building at 1010 E. Northside Drive for use as a library. It was also mentioned as the location for Ward 4, which is currently located in the Colonial Mart Mall, off Old Canton Road.
“We are very committed to the acquisition of the Batte Furniture Building,” Lumumba said at the time.
Lumumba, who appeared to surprise board members with the news, did not disclose any financial details but said the purchase “is in progress.”
“Our public works department, along with myself and the management team, have toured the facility, met with the owner, and our legal and financial team and the CAO (chief administrative officer) are reviewing this. aggressively, ”Lumumba said. noted.
Employees of the city’s public works department and members of its management team walked through the building with him, Lumumba said, noting that employees of the city’s legal and financial departments as well as the general manager were aware of the plans.
Payne Realty lists the Batte Furniture and Interiors Building, which spans 1.3 acres, for sale for $ 1,995,000 or $ 47.98 per square foot.
The building was constructed in 1962 and housed Batte Furniture and Interiors until it closed in 2019 after 136 years in business. The property, located just off I-55 North, is zoned C-3 Intense Commercial and includes 54 parking spaces.
The acquisition would also include the Joker’s Tavern building, located behind Batte Furniture, for additional parking, Lumumba said.
The three-story building that has square footage on each floor has enough space to house some of the city’s offices, Lumumba said.
The Batte Furniture Building is located near the abandoned Tisdale Library at 807 E. Northside Drive. It closed in April 2017 after heavy rains and neglect resulted in contamination with black mold and mildew.