MOUNT VERNON — A long-time, well-known landmark is changing hands after Friday’s Sheriff Sale.
About 35 people were present when 14 properties were up for auction Friday morning at the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. Among them was the Curtis Inn on Public Square which had gone up for sheriff’s sale after being closed numerous times for health and safety violations over a period of a few years. Listed as most previous owner of the property was Sucha Singh, et al.
With no other bids offered after the initial bid, the successful bid was placed by local attorney Clinton Bailey, on behalf of a client, at a price of $433,333. Bailey told the News he made the purchase as an agent for a client but was unable to disclose who his client is or what the plans are for the property.
“This is very positive news for the community. I’m very excited about things going on,” said Bailey who added he will inform the News once plans are ready to be announced.
“It’s a good sign it’s someone local,” said Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis after learning that the Curtis Inn purchase had been made by a local attorney.
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