Howard Smith, a real estate agent in Cartersville is representing the Curtis interests and contacted City Manager John Bennett again a couple of weeks ago.
“They asked us if we had any interest in the property,” Bennett said. “We really have only expressed an interest in buying the 10-12 acres of their 30 acres that is in the flood-plain next to the river.” Bennett said the city has a sewer line in that area that they would be interested in protecting.
The city owns a majority of river frontage on the Coosa from the confluence of the rivers downtown all the way to the wastewater treatment plant on Black’s Bluff Road, except for the Coosa Country Club property.
The city manager said that to this point, Curtis representatives have taken the point of view that the riverfront property is what makes the site a little more valuable.
Bennett said that Curtis has lowered the price considerably over the last several months. “It’s not a bad building, it’s got a lot of refrigerated space and a parking area, it’s fenced but it’s a miserable place to try to get trucks in and out,” Ben-nett said.