CLINTON — A portion of land near Wild Rose Casino has officially changed hands after a special Clinton City Council meeting Monday.

City officials at the meeting formally vacated and conveyed 45,632 square feet in Wild Rose Circle South, handing over ownership of the plot of land to the Valley Bluff Corporation, led by Steve Howes. According to the vacation application from 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.”

The property is changing hands for $114,000. Howes said Thursday that the property has not yet been closed on, though he is hopeful the closing could occur in the coming weeks.

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," according to Clinton City Council meeting minutes.

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