HUDSON — A company official said his firm is still planning to sell its building on Owen Brown Street after City Council in April deadlocked on a vote to purchase the site.
The city attempted to purchase the building and property owned by Windstream Western Reserve LLC at 94 Owen Brown St. for $1.025 million, but council’s 3-3 vote on April 7 prevented that from happening.
The Windstream building is located at a site that was envisioned to house office space as part of the Downtown Phase II project at Owen Brown Street and Morse Road. The future of that project remains clear after the city announced in late March that it had parted ways with the developer, Testa Companies.
Scott Morris, senior adviser for corporate affairs at Windstream, said there are a small number of employees mostly performing engineering functions who are still working in the building at 94 Owen Brown. Those workers will be moved out of the building as Windstream "firms up our plans for the building," said Morris, who added the building will be listed for sale soon.
City spokesperson Jody Roberts said council has not had any further discussions about the Windstream building since the vote in April. Morris said his company is maintaining a "good relationship" with the city, and added, "if the city decides it wants to resume talks, we would certainly be open to that."
The city previously purchased a separate Windstream building at 100 Owen Brown St. and tore that building down. Service technicians at that site were moved to a third building owned by Windstream’s at 245 N. Main St.
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