City of Brookhaven discusses possible new office locations

Published 3:33 pm Tuesday, May 16, 2023

The City of Brookhaven is considering relocating its offices.

In a special meeting of the Board of Aldermen Monday at 4:30 p.m. called by Mayor Joe Cox, the aldermen discussed the potential acquisition of property.

In an executive session that lasted more than one hour, the aldermen and mayor met with local businessman John Lynch and local contractor Paul Jackson concerning a property located at 101 West Chickasaw St., the former Harrigill Funeral Home.

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Following the closed-door session, aldermen voted 7-0 to have a fair market appraisal conducted on the property up to a cost of $3,500 before entering any negotiation to purchase it, or further discussion on the possibility. The board also approved the same for the property at 130 East Cherokee St., the former Kees Motor Company.

An environmental study would also be conducted on either property prior to a decision from the city to purchase it.

For years, the board and mayor have discussed the possibility of relocated all city offices to a different property that would be owned solely by the city. All current offices are located in the Lincoln County/Brookhaven Government Complex, which is owned by the county. The city rents those spaces.

The value assessments and subsequent studies are for fact-finding, and do not obligate the city to a purchase.