BUCKHANNON — The City of Buckhannon signed the formal agreement Tuesday to purchase the former Club Bobcat property.
The Main Street building was most recently the home to Club Bobcat but has housed several bars over the years.
Prior to that, the property was a movie theater, with patrons lining up outside to see films. The building has been empty for some time and city officials have said it will need a lot of work.
The city purchased the property, located at 48 E. Main St., from Catherine Cuppari for $60,000.
Mayor David McCauley said, “There is an available property that is right in the middle of our downtown that was very affordable to us. We believe that the future purposes that are yet to be determined will greatly embellish the quality of our downtown.”
“When you look at the growth up and down Main Street, from Community Care of West Virginia (nearing opening across from the courthouse) to the opera house (under construction in the center block), to Traders Alley, to the innovation center that the development authority will be putting in, and hopefully the Stockert gym will follow soon, we’ve got $10-$12 million worth of improvements to our downtown,” McCauley said.“It just seemed appropriate for the city to aid that effort to solidify that part of downtown.”
At a recent city council meeting, McCauley said be a committee would be formed to explore the uses for the property made up of some community and council members. One of the ideas mentioned is a community arts center, but planning is in the preliminary stages and no decisions have been made.