Salisbury water tower being dismantled

A city-owned tract at College Avenue and South Salisbury Boulevard, where a landmark water tower has stood for years, has been awarded to Hanna Family Investments.

The Salisbury City Council awarded the property after a request for proposal, or RFP, was sent out by the city, said city/county Planning Director Jack Lenox.

Frank Hanna, the prominent Salisbury restaurateur and developer who already owns the building occupied by Cactus Taverna South nearby, reportedly bought the 10,000-square-foot piece of land for $1,000.

Hanna, the longtime owner of Brew River in Downtown Salisbury, could not be reached for comment.

The property has not yet been conveyed, Lenox said. Neither has he been approached about a building permit for the property, he said.

The site has been rumored for consideration by a variety of businesses, including a Chick-fil-A restaurant.

A media relations spokesman at the Chick-fil-A Georgia-based headquarters, however, told the Salisbury Independent there are no immediate plans to add a restaurant in Salisbury.

Before the property is developed, the now-defunct water tower emblazoned with the Shorebirds logo will be demolished.

City spokesman Chris Demone said the tower will be dismantled in sections by workers using torches.

The 375,000-gallon structure has been empty for some time. It hasn’t been used for several years, not since a new, 2-million-gallon tower was erected near Salisbury University.

Last year, the City Council declared the tower as surplus property. Jennifer Miller, the city’s assistant director of Internal Services, said at the time that if the property were sold, the new owners would have to pay to raze the tower.

If it wasn’t sold, the city would demolish it in fiscal year 2018, at an estimated cost of $51,000, according to a memo to City Council from Miller.

It is not clear what it might cost Hanna to remove the tower or what the arrangement is with the city.

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