Core to Shore: What's there now

Published: Monday, February 9, 2009 7:00 am By: Kelley Chambers
more than $10 million.

"It would be beneficial to move but we're in a great location right here," he said.

Across the street from Massey is A&P Truck Salvage Co., at 1320 S. Robinson Ave. Stephen Akers is the third-generation owner, and sells parts for Jeeps around the world.

"It's been a family business forever," he said.

Akers' property is set to remain privately owned.

"I'm on the money side," he said.

But when it comes time for the area to develop, Akers does not plan on sticking around.

"I'm going to retire," he said. "I'm 66 years old, I don't have any kids, and nobody wants the place."

Claus said when all is said and done, 20 percent to 25 percent of the Core to Shore area will be publicly owned, but plans are still in the very early stages.

"We're trying to support the growth of the city by supporting the growth and redevelopment of downtown," he said. "The success of any city is largely perceived by outsiders through their downtown. This will be an essential part of that image."

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