County School System Sells Hawes Center Property

May 22, 2013

The Elbert County School Board has parted ways with the Hawes Center Property.

The board planned to try and sell the property during April’s regular meeting, and in the time from then until now, only one bid was received.

That bid was from the Granite City Life Skill Foundation in the amount of one dollar.

Elbert County School Superintendent Rick Higginbotham says the foundation is planning to renovate the property.

“They want to renovate the property”, said Higginbotham. “I’ve talked to the person that was heading that up, and that is the goal. They may not be able to do anything with the front part of the building since it’s so bad off, but they want to do something with that that would be a benefit to the community.”

One section of the property, on the side closest to Mill Street, has been condemned by the City of Elberton.

It was estimated by the school board that it would have cost somewhere over thirty thousand dollars to demolish that section of property.

While the property was only sold for one dollar, Board Chairman Ben Baker said that the group acquiring the property will be solely responsible for any costs concerning renovations and any demolition that would have to take place.

The board approved the sale of the Hawes Center Property to the Granite City Life Skill Foundation for a cost of one dollar with a unanimous vote.