Old Culpeper town building up for sale?

Captain Settle now Major SettleBased on a recommendation by the town of Culpeper staff, the old police department building may be for sale, if the county isnâ??t interested in purchasing it.

The townâ??s Public Safety, Public Works and Community Development Committee gave the green light for the possible sale at its regular Tuesday meeting.

At the same meeting, Police Chief Chris Jenkins announced that Chris Settle had been promoted to major, filling the slot vacated by Maj. Ricky Pinksaw who became Emporiaâ??s police chief.
Public Works Director Jim Hoy said the staff had been working on the townâ??s space needs since last fall and all stakeholders had been involved in the process.

The old police station on West Cameron Street remains stripped inside, vacant and boarded up, with no utilities. Hoy also noted is that part of the building â?? the former evidence room â?? juts into the adjacent parking lot, which is a separate property and one majority of town council members donâ??t seem to want to sell.

â??It would cost so much money to make it useable,â? said Councilman Keith Price. â??It makes sense to sell it.â?

Councilman Dave Lochridge suggested that the town should offer to sell the property to the county, which has expressed interest in the building in the past.

Hoy said the town could sell the old police station and use the proceeds to help fund other renovation projects, including the former museum to house the townâ??s Information Technology Department and possibly Culpeper Media Network.

As part of the space needs study, the town is considering renovations to the first and third floors of town hall. The second floor is rented to the state.

Plans call for the addition of two work stations in the treasurerâ??s office at a cost of $9,000. Proposed renovations to the third floor include reconfiguring the human resources and the planning and zoning offices. The cost for those renovations is estimated at $6,600.

Renovations to the museum for use by the IT department and Culpeper Media Network are estimated at $260,000.

The committee recommended surveying the old police building and having it appraised before putting it on the market,

Wally Bunker is a freelance contributor with the Culpeper Times. You may reach him at wallybunker@outlook.com