Citizens Urged to Attend Town Hall

The former Migalitos ethnic grocery had sat vacant for a little over a year when the store closed its Greenville operation an in September one year ago. Image courtesy of KETR Radio.

Hunt County News has compiled this story from several that have appeared in the Greenville Herald-Banner and broadcast on KETR Radio over the past month.
The Migalitos Supermarket located at 2601 Washington Street in Greenville closed its doors forever in September 2017. The City of Greenville conceived a plan to purchase the defunct store almost one year later by using funds from the tax increment reinvestment zone program (TRIZ).
The City hired Kindle, Stone, and Associates (KSA) Engineers and Consulting of McKinney to evaluate the building sometime in August or September of 2018. The twenty-five-page report was made to the City Council on November 18, 2018, according to the Greenville Herald-Banner. Mayor Drilling urged city councilpersons to let their constituents know of the report and the city’s intention of purchasing the building at the December 11, 2018 council meeting. This meeting was held on the very night the town Christmas Parade took place. Many citizens made a public outcry about the way the matter was handled. There was so much protest that councilpersons requested the item be tabled until more citizen input could be heard.
The KSA team’s report indicated that the $475,000 asking price for the defunct building seemed to be a good market value for the building, parking lot, and other property on the 1.3 acres where the former Migalitos once sat. The building was initially built of wood with a stucco façade for Safeway’s in the early 1950s.
The report said that acquisition would enhance the city’s administrative functions, Greenville Fire and Rescue could relocate downtown, and other offices might be relocated in the former grocery store. KSA said it may take 3-1/2 to 5 million dollars to make the building usable for city offices. It may be more economical to demolish the building and build new than to try and refurbish the dated structure.
Citizens are urged to attend the public town hall meeting to be held tomorrow evening at the Fletcher Warren Civic Center at 6:30 PM.

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