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Marshall Plaza representative: 'We're not interested in selling'

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Since the Marshall school board renewed efforts earlier this year to get voters' permission to build a new elementary school, patrons regularly ask: Why not build it where the Marshall Plaza currently resides?

The location is adjacent to the high school campus and appears to have plenty of space. To many district patrons, it looks like the perfect spot.

But Miriam Felix, a property management representative for Marshall Plaza LLC didn't hesitate for even a moment when she was asked why the property couldn't be purchased for use as the location of a new school.

"Because we're not interested in selling," she said.

The property, located at the junction of U.S. Highway 65 and College Avenue, has a current market value of $3.266 million, according to current property records at Saline County Courthouse. That value is down from a high of $3.883 million as recently as 2005.

Felix said the company has owned the property for "at least 20 years," but that even if they were interested in selling, they'd want to do it when the property "at least had fewer vacancies." The company office is located in Cresskill, N.J.

Contact Kathy Fairchild at marshallhealth@socket.net

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What does that company gain from owning that plaza? It sure can't be gaining profit from rent. The plaza is one of the first things one sees driving through our town and it is a huge eye sore. Marshall should demand that it be renovated if they won't sell it. We should have control of how our town looks, not them!

-- Posted by awake on Fri, Oct 23, 2009, at 2:23 AM

I think it would be a great move for Marshall to have the plaza torn down. I know, I know they are not interested in selling but there are plenty of abandoned places in town where they relocate the business..that is one part of Marshall's sore spot-all the abandoned buildings.

-- Posted by Laila's Mommy on Thu, Oct 22, 2009, at 10:15 PM

I know it is costly to demolish a layout of buildings such as the plaza, as well as the factor of the relocation of the buildings. However, the plaza is in poor shape. Some could move to the square and increase the retail market there. As i recall, years ago when MVC wanted to build their sports complex... they forced families to move out and paid them a sum of money. I have heard much negative talk about the schools moving out on business 65. I myself think it a poor concept. kids will not be riding their bike to school or walking to school if it is moved to that location. The most logical location is to make that area an entire school campus. then tear down the other elementary and junior high schools... make those areas full residential. it is very strange that schools would be plopped down in the middle of residential zoning in the first place. just my opinions.

-- Posted by proudmarshallite on Wed, Oct 21, 2009, at 8:48 PM

Just put eminent domain in to see comment,I dont think the whole lots worth what it would cost to tear it down.

-- Posted by nancy007 on Wed, Oct 21, 2009, at 6:30 PM

Kathy or Eric

Is there anyway the city can make the owners clean that place up?

-- Posted by Gal66 on Tue, Oct 20, 2009, at 1:16 PM

nancy007: Eminent domain is a way to obtain that property, but 1) it can be a lengthy process, 2) still requires a fair market price to be paid for the property, and 3) would still involve relocating all the existing businesses and cleaning up the property.

You might find this story about exercising eminent domain pretty interesting:


-- Posted by Kathy Fairchild on Mon, Oct 19, 2009, at 10:45 AM

eminent domain???

-- Posted by nancy007 on Fri, Oct 16, 2009, at 4:52 PM

arojr: Thanks for letting me know - that was before my time in Marshall. How ironic we now have two other "old IGA's" in town - at Odell and Morrow and on North Miami.

-- Posted by Kathy Fairchild on Fri, Oct 16, 2009, at 5:55 AM

Kathy i meant patrica's

-- Posted by arojr on Fri, Oct 16, 2009, at 3:27 AM

Ieatsupserglue: I have visited or lived in all the states except Alaska. If you're concerned about the danger, think about this - my sister and brothers and I attended schools on military bases (how's that for a target?)without any problems. One of the schools was in Libya and again, no problems.

But the school my sister and I attended in a quiet residential neighborhood in Lincoln, Nebraska, was mere blocks away from the site of a triple murder, committed by Charles Starkweather in 1958. You are entitled to your opinion that schools near highways are dangerous, but I am also entitled to my opinion that your fears of having a school on the highway (or near it) are unfounded and unsupported by facts.

-- Posted by Kathy Fairchild on Thu, Oct 15, 2009, at 4:04 PM


I've personally been to 45 out of 50 states. Where the schools are next to highways, are major problems. I've been everywhere from STL, KC, ATL, and even NYC. Schools on highways are one of the worst things out there. Like I stated before, but someone deleted it. You will have an increased danger for kids. Kids being almost hit in traffic, being exposed to child kidnappings, and even a target for school shooting.

-- Posted by ieatsuperglue on Thu, Oct 15, 2009, at 2:18 PM

ieatsuperglue: As Eric pointed out, I moved here in May 2006, so I'm still relatively new in town. There IS an "old IGA" at Odell and Morrow, but I've never seen one at the Marshall Plaza. I thought maybe the writer was confused.

As to my comment about the high school - the high school's property is directly situated ON business 65. I don't think you (or anyone else) can claim that it isn't. I've seen schools all over the U.S. located everywhere from busy highways to practically deserted back roads. I don't think it makes a bit of difference in either direction.

-- Posted by Kathy Fairchild on Thu, Oct 15, 2009, at 7:54 AM


You know what building is the old IGA. Stop playing dumb. Also, the high school isn't as close to Highway 65 as the projected new one will be to Business 65. Get you facts together before you start typing. And, I know because I have an e-attitude, this will be deleted, and for that I could care less.

-- Posted by ieatsuperglue on Wed, Oct 14, 2009, at 9:48 PM
Response by Eric Crump/Editor:
Not deleted. Just a reminder: Kathy has lived here only a few years. The IGA at the plaza may be before her time.

retired military: Ms. Felix was very firm in her statement that the current owner isn't interested in selling. But even if they were, there would still be the problems of (1) relocating all the businesses on the property (currently Aldi's, Stage, Patricia's, Dollar General, National TV, Subway and Sherwin Williams, plus Taco Bell and a car wash and an additional empty building), 2) destroying the buildings and removing the debris, 3) possibly having to pass an EPA inspection that the property is safe for a school and 4) probably 50 things I haven't even thought of.

And after all that was done, there would still be a large group of people objecting to having the school on Highway 65 (as they are now, apparently not realizing that the high school is already on Highway 65).

I agree with you that it would have been a very good place for expansion for Marshall schools, but the people who had the opportunity many years ago to buy the property for just that purpose unfortunately turned it down.

-- Posted by Kathy Fairchild on Wed, Oct 14, 2009, at 2:29 PM

i believe that this property would be an outstanding place to have a school i would be in favor of paying more taxes to buy this property for the new school. i know that they are not interested in selling but everyone has their price.

-- Posted by retired military on Wed, Oct 14, 2009, at 11:43 AM

Which came first the chicken or the egg? I would say the property owners are unable to maintain the centers because Marshall does not have a a vibrant retail base. The business didn't leave due to lack of maintenance... it was the other way around!

-- Posted by Seagarr on Tue, Oct 13, 2009, at 4:23 PM

it's really an eyesore. we dont even like going there anymore, don't like dirty looking areas, dont look safe

-- Posted by BOBCAT on Tue, Oct 13, 2009, at 4:05 PM

arojr: Which part of the plaza has an IGA store?

-- Posted by Kathy Fairchild on Tue, Oct 13, 2009, at 4:04 PM

How do they expec the value to go up without doing any repairs? Can you imagine how much that would be worth if they put money into to clean it up? Businesses would want to be there for a change, i mean if your a new business would you even give that plaza a second look?

-- Posted by oldschool17 on Tue, Oct 13, 2009, at 3:42 PM

One would think the City of Marshall could require them to tidy the place up a bit.

-- Posted by Scarpetta on Tue, Oct 13, 2009, at 3:13 PM

A little run down?Needs parking lot completly redone some of the roof is comin down by the IGA store the whole plaza needs a new face lift.

-- Posted by arojr on Tue, Oct 13, 2009, at 3:07 PM

Even though the property is a little run down it still produces sales tax and real estate tax revenue, which frankly are needed by the school district. That is a prime commercial corner for future development...or redevelopment...schools see the wisdom in not taking property that produces tax revenue.

-- Posted by Seagarr on Tue, Oct 13, 2009, at 11:43 AM

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