A Zanesville businessman’s effort to buy the Muskingum Family Y on McIntire Avenue is officially a done deal, pending a closing.
American Pride Power Equipment owner Ryan Dodson signed the agreement yesterday and it was all made official this morning, the McIntire property is set to be purchased for $220,000.
“Well we’re very excited, we signed an agreement to sell the property at 700 McIntire to American Pride and Ryan Dodson, we had some language to work out and a couple addendum’s but we’ve taken care of that and our goal is to be closing on September 1st.” Says YMCA Executive Director, Craig Miracle.
Dodson told Whiz News the first thing he plans to do is clean up the property for potential construction. He concedes he has work to do after already losing one battle to have the property rezoned commercial in May. Dodson says he will lobby Zanesville City Council members again after the fall elections.
“We’re looking at it as we’re asking for a non-compete that there would not be a fee- based recreational facility on the property and that’s to be included in the deed. We’re walking away and then Ryan will take on trying to get it re-zoned, but also cleaning up the property and getting ready hopefully to move American Pride there.” Says Miracle.
With the deed stating no other fee-based recreation facility can move to the location, a petition filed by a local group of residents for a 3% hotel tax in Zanesville to pay for the Y and make it a park, could be moot. But Y Executive Director Craig Miracle says it’s out of the Y’s hands now and they’re looking to the future.
“There is some ongoing maintenance here at the park that we will have, but its also going to allow us to serve more youth and families by being able to expand programming, being able to expand what we offer here at the park in terms of playground equipment, amenities etc… So we’re very excited and we feel like we’re home now and we’re looking forward to the future.”
Troy Kenily, a spokesman for the group who filed the petition says the group still hopes to place the issue of the tax on the November ballot and get it passed. If that were to happen, they would go back to City Council and work to either buy the property from Dodson or buy some other property for a city park.