No bids in Stagecoach Stop property’s online auction
The uproar over the possible purchase of the Stagecoach Stop property, which began in the middle of July seems to have died down, according to Cambridge Township clerk Rick Richardson. Cambridge Town-ship residents learned about a proposed sale of Stagecoach Stop after a presentation was made at a township planning commission meeting by a group of investors hoping to turn the area into a destination for motorcycle enthusiasts.
Richardson said the group apparently wanted to verify whether their plans would be allowed if they purchased the property. “They threw everything at us, and then found out that some of their ideas wouldn’t work,” Richardson said.
“It falls into the category of what we would call a specialized resort,” Richardson said of the Stagecoach Stop property.
Some of the ideas presented for the property were immediately turned down by the planning commission, while other ideas raised red flags for officials. An outdoor alcohol permit, requested by the group would not be allowed, and the group’s planned concerts in the outdoor amphitheater raised concerns about excessive noise.
Following the planning commission meeting, Cambridge Township officials toured the property, and, according to Richardson, officials believe renovation costs to bring the property up to code in all areas will exceed the $100,000 the group expected to spend.
Richardson believes the only building on the property that would be fit for any type of activities would be the front building. The planning commission informed the group that a site plan is required before approval will be given for any renovation.
“It’s all going to depend on what’s going on,” said Richardson.
Mark Riggle, a realtor for the Re/Max Irish Hills Real Estate Agency, represents the seller of the Stagecoach Stop property. The 40-acre property is part of an on-line auction at realtybid.com.
The auction expires on Wednesday, Aug. 29 with the starting bid set at $243,500. As of Tuesday, Aug. 21 there were no bids listed for the property. The Stagecoach Stop property includes a modern 14-unit motel with phase 3 electric and natural gas, western-themed buildings, a picnic pavilion, a large outdoor theater, restaurants, a dance hall, storage and repair facilities, and some food prep equipment.