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AMESBURY – The mayor is calling for six volunteers to help decide the fate of former trader Alan’s truck stop.

The old truck stop at 21 Pond View Ave. sits just off Route 150 and next to a solar field on South Hunt Road.

The 7.7 acre commercially zoned parcel of land was purchased by the Town of Thelma Titcomb for $ 1 in December 2001 and by another $ 1 transaction in January 2002. Titcomb purchased the property from the estate of John J. Ryan for $ 533,385 in February 1998.

The property was last valued at $ 177,500 and is being used for public works storage.

Although the property has been underutilized for the past two decades, it is close to the new Village at Bailey’s Pond condominium complex and the Maples Crossing sports complex under construction on South Hunt Road.

The city designated the property as surplus last year and Mayor Kassandra Gove said in a Facebook Live appearance Thursday that she would like it to be used more productively.

“If you walk past it now, you’ll see a lot of barricades and piles of dirt and other construction debris,” Gove said.

The mayor said she was looking for a six-member volunteer disposition committee to decide what would happen to the single truck stop.

Gove said she intended the committee to be made up of members and would like to see someone with experience in real estate and development, as well as a lawyer.

“If you’re interested in helping work with us through this process, talking about what we can do with this property, what its highest and best use, how it would best serve the neighborhood and our community. , then we would be delighted for you. to apply, ”Gove said.

Anyone interested can email Community and Economic Development Manager Angela Cleveland at [email protected] to explain why she is interested and send a resume.

The mayor also provided an update on the city’s financial situation on Thursday and said the free cash account was certified at just over $ 1.9 million for fiscal 2021.

“It’s really exciting for us,” she said. “This is the second highest amount we have seen in over 10 years. This will really help us to replenish some of our reserve funds, which had become quite low. “

Gove said the city recorded higher than expected retail cannabis excise tax revenues from Alternative Therapies Group Inc. and CNA Stores.

“We have two great retail businesses in town and they just opened right after the pandemic really hit,” Gove said. “We didn’t know what to expect and were very careful with our budget. Collectively the two contributed over $ 600,000 to last year’s budget and that really contributed to that amount of money available.

Editor-in-Chief Jim Sullivan covers Amesbury and Salisbury for The Daily News. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 978-961-3145. Follow him on Twitter @ndnsully.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story corrects the spelling of Trader Alan’s Truck Stop, which was incorrect in an earlier version.

Editor-in-Chief Jim Sullivan covers Amesbury and Salisbury for The Daily News. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 978-961-3145. Follow him on Twitter @ndnsully.

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