Defuniak Springs Looking for New Terms to Sell City Hall

By: Cristina Pfeffer Email
By: Cristina Pfeffer Email

A few weeks ago, a retail company contacted Defuniak Springs Mayor Bob Campbell saying they would like to buy the City Hall property for a new store.

In return, the company will pay $2.4 million to help the city relocate.

But now City Council members believe that won't be enough money to cover the costs.

"At this point in time we are going to give our counter offer of $3.2 million, and see if it is acceptable,” said Mayor Bob Campbell. “If it is not then we will go back to the council and see if there is any wiggle room."

There's also a new wrinkle in the deal.

One of the proposed locations for a new City Hall already has a tenant.

It's been the home of Tony's Paint and Body Shop for nearly 20 years.

"I am not opposed to change or development of the area,” said Owner of Tony’s Paint and Body Shop, Kevin Shepherd. “But my only question, because I am a little confused, how can we take an established business , put them out of business and bring in a retail store from out of town and you don't even know if it will make it here."

"You know anytime you make a move, someone is going to be unhappy. I mean we will do anything we can to help them relocate,” said Mayor Campbell.

City Officials say they’re now waiting for the retail chains response on the counter offer.

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