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After years of planning and securing funding from the USDA, the city of Winnsboro has purchased the downtown parking lot on Adams Street for $117,717.
Often referred to as "the free parking lot," Winnsboro Mayor Jack Hammons signed the purchase agreement and paid co-owners Eleanor Ramage Hatfield and Charles Ramage at city hall on Thursday.
"I'd like to thank the property owners for holding the property for us and letting the community use it for so many years at no charge," said Hammons. "The parking lot is important to downtown and what we are doing there."
Hatfield and Ramage sold the property for the 2003 appraised value of $117,717 and then donated the approximate $25,000 difference between the old appraised value and the current value.
"We appreciate Charlie and Eleanor donating the difference to the city and making the purchase possible," Hammons said.
The parking lot is located behind the Princess Theatre and is used by downtown merchants and shoppers, Winnsboro City Court, the city council, the Council on Aging and eventually by visitors to the new community center which will be on Adams Street.
The city has additional USDA funds for repaving the lot, along with adding landscaping and lighting. Until this purchase was made the city could not make improvements to the lot.
"The city couldn't spend grant money on something they don't own," Hammons said.
Councilman Craig Gill, whose district includes the downtown area, said acquiring the parking lot is important to the area's future.
"Our downtown is growing and with the new community center and museum on the way, we want people to have easy access to parking," Gill said. "The mayor and our legislators have been working on this for a long time and it's great be moving forward on the project."
The Winnsboro Com-munity Center will be located on Adams Street in the old Jitney Jungle store and the parking lot is vital to providing the necessary parking space for when events are held at the center.