CLINTON — The Clinton City Council is close to giving its approval for vacating and conveying 45,632 square feet of property in Wild Rose Circle South.

According to the vacation application from Valley Bluff Corporation President Steve Howes on Nov. 6, 2017, the tentative plan is for the property to be taken over by Billion Auto.

The application states, “Billion Auto is expanding its dealership by acquiring all ground in front of (south of) the Hampton Inn and will use the vacated street for its operations. Wild Rose Circle will continue as a public road serving both the Hampton Inn and Wild Rose Casino.”

Calls to Billion Auto regarding the proposed project were not immediately returned. Howes said Thursday that the property has not yet been closed on, though he is hopeful the closing could occur in the coming weeks.

The property would change hands for $114,000, according to officials.

Howes said at a December 2017 Clinton City Council meeting that he had contacted a representative from Hampton Inn, who did not voice any opposition to the proposed expansion of Billion Auto to the property in front of the hotel. Howes stated that access would not be impaired to the surrounding properties and would still be available from Mill Creek Parkway, U.S. 30, and the existing roadway to the Wild Rose Casino.

The ordinance, which would officially complete the transfer of land from the city to Valley Bluff Corporation and eventually Billion Auto, received its first reading at Tuesday night’s Clinton City Council meeting, passing easily by a 6-0 vote.

A special meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday to read the ordinance for the necessary second and third times that would lead to its adoption.

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