A purchase agreement for the former Kennedy Mobile Manor property in East Columbus has been reached, and it could become home to a gas station and convenience store.
The 59-year-old mobile home park, a five-acre plot off of State Street next to Gladstone Avenue, closed Aug. 31.
Since the former park’s owner, Bertha Kennedy, died in 2007, the executor of the estate has been trying to sell the property because Kennedy’s will requires that the property be sold and the assets divided among the heirs.
Barbara Lake, the executor, said a purchase agreement was reached about a month ago after a couple of months of negotiations. She declined to name the prospective buyer because the deal has not been finalized.
Lake, who said she expects the buyer to do “due diligence” to determine if buying the property is in its best interests, is keeping a positive attitude about a sale.
She had not heard about possible uses of the land by the unnamed buyer who has been in touch with the Columbus-Bartholomew County Planning Department.
“We have had some early conversations with a company wanting to build a gas station and convenience store on that site,” Planning Director Jeff Bergman said. “They have not filed any applications for that project yet, however.”
Bergman said some rough drawings, for discussion purposes only, were presented.
Residents of Kennedy’s Mobile Manor received a letter June 28 stating the mobile home park would close Aug. 31. Some residents expressed concerns about what would happen to them and their homes if they were unable to move by that time.
The property now is an