EARLIER: Simpsonville buys a house

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By Steve Doyle

The City of Simpsonville is a new homeowner.

In a specially called session Friday afternoon, the Simpsonville City Commission approved unanimously the purchase of a home at 107 Old Veechdale Road, which is directly across the street from city hall.

The property, a rental house owned by EKS LLC, a company owned by Keith Stratton of REMAX/Performance Realty, came on the market last week, and commissioners eagerly agreed to buy it for $140,000.

“We always are looking to purchase property that is contiguous with the city’s property,” Mayor Steve Eden said. “We missed out on a house down the road a couple of years ago because we decided to wait 30 days. When this one became available, we decided to call a meeting immediately.”

Public notification of the meeting was distributed Thursday afternoon to meet statutory requirements, and commissioners went into closed session, which meant one guest and a reporter had to leave the room while they determined if they wanted the house and how to proceed.

When the session became open again, a motion by Commissioner Cary Vowels, authorizing Eden to sign any documents necessary to secure the purchase, was approved immediately.

City Attorney Hite Hays had prepared documents in anticipation of the approval, and Eden signed the standard real-estate contract. The purchase is in cash, so the city will have no mortgage.

Hays said that the contract and survey would be made available to the public, and because the owner was also the agent, the city paid no commissions and only $100 in down payment.

Eden said the home – a 2400-square-foot, brick structure on 1.5 acres – had appraised for $225,000 two years ago. Commissioners have no immediate plans for the property and may in fact continue to rent it out.

“If there comes a time when we need more office space, we may convert it to offices,” Eden said.