MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – When Jim Strickland was first elected Mayor of Memphis, he said one of his jobs was going to be to sell abandoned property – abandoned city owned property.
That was his goal.
It’s been six years since the city ended auto inspections. Six years since the auto inspection stations have been used. They just sit and rot and wait for somebody to buy them.
When Jim Strickland first became mayor, he told officials to sell this stuff off.
Antonio Adams is Director of the Memphis General Services Division. He says he’s been able to sell stuff.
“I have,” he says. “It was a priority of the Mayor and we’ve been able to execute that priority.”
There are places that have been sold.
Even though the old police station stands as empty today as it’s been for almost 50 years, it has been sold. It is back on the tax rolls as the new owners try to figure out what they’re going to do with it.
The buildings don’t come with warranties, they are purchased as is.
“In the last 4 years,” Adams says, “… we’ve sold about 50 properties, and the money goes into the general fund.”
Adams couldn’t tell me how much money the city has picked up through these sales.
They have kept one inspection station for storing equipment.
The downtown station will be used as part of a planned women’s homeless shelter.
“Right now, we have about 68 properties,” Adams says, “… those are parcels. We have about 15 vacant properties the city used to occupy.”