By Jill Richardson
Kuna Melba News reporter
An appraiser has delivered to the Melba City Council the valuations on city-owned properties. The City of Melba currently owns four properties inside the city limits they are hoping to sell while also encouraging economic development.
Melba’s Marshall Anderson came to the Melba City Council meeting this month and expressed interest in the Quik Stop location (208 3rd Street). Anderson is interested in using the space, appraised at $40,000 for the building and lot (excluding assets located inside the building), for a restaurant. While most city council members are in favor of auctioning off the property, other ideas include leasing the space or dividing it into smaller, leasable spaces for businesses. The City of Melba, who recently invested over $3,000 to bring the property up to code due to some faulty electrical connections, would need to take the next step and set an auction date for this property.
Appraised for $15,000 the Agenbroad house (202 3rd Street) is a smaller brick home on a commercial lot. City councilmembers have discussed turning it into a museum or Canyon County Sheriff substation. The condition of the house and property are somewhat in question and the appraiser felt that an $8,000 allowance should be made for demolition, resulting in a final appraisal of just $7,000.
The bare lot (00 Broadway) across from the Agenbroad house was appraised for $7,000. The city council has considered that a better option would be to combine the property with another to allow for more parking.
The city has extensively invested in the fourth property, the Double D Warehouse lot (105 4th Street). The addition of ranch style fencing, a handmade structure honoring Melba and a berm covered in rock have dramatically changed the look of the lot in the past year. The property currently sits as a park like setting and acts as a welcome center for people entering the city from Southside Boulevard. That property was appraised for $35,000.
One concern is if the properties are sold to private entities and not developed, they would continue to sit unused.
“The danger of selling is that if a business starts up and fails, the building could then remain as non-usable,” said Councilman Chris Hinderliter.
That concern has led to discussions of the City using less traditional methods of possibly offering city financing for the new owner for up to 10 years. Then, in the event that a developer defaults on the financing or does not develop the property it would revert back to city ownership.
The city is willing to work with those interested in developing the properties.
“If they could ensure economic development we could make it work for the business,” said Councilman Parkie Stapleton.