Larry Meeks, owner of the old cycle shop property at the corner of Tate Street and Fillmore Street, appeared before the Board of Aldermen Tuesday evening to discuss the property. The board passed a motion requesting Meeks present a detailed plan of improvements and future use of the property during the board’s May 2 session.
“You can look in the dictionary for the word 'blight,' and I think it’s a classic definition of the word blight,” said Ward 1 Alderman Andrew “Bubba” Labas. “I think the property could be salvaged — I think it could be repaired and rehabbed — but it’s going to take time and effort and money.”
Meeks told the board he is working on cleaning up the building and has encountered problems with vandalism.
Labas said the city has worked to improve this section of downtown.
“I am very concerned about the property,” he said, “not only because of the location of it, but due to all the other investment that’s happening around the area and the detraction from the other property values in the area … It’s an up-and-coming area, and I’m really glad to see that. I would hope your plans would be consistent with what the surrounding area could become.”
Meeks said he is working on the outside first and plans to clean out most of the contents.
The property was also involved in adjudication proceedings for cleanup in the late 1990s.